sexta-feira, 9 de maio de 2008

Momento para a posteridade

fotografia postmortem

fotografia postmortem, autor desconhecido



"These photographs were a common aspect of American culture, a part of the mourning and memorialization process. Surviving families were proud of these images and hung them in their homes, sent copies to friends and relatives, wore them as lockets or carried them as pocket mirrors. Nineteenth-century Americans knew how to respond to these images. Today there is no culturally normative response to postmortem photographs. Discussions of death in books are prolific, and we are accustomed to images of death as part of our daily news; but actual death, as a part of private lives, has become a shameful and unspoken subject."


in Sleeping Beauty: Memorial Photography in America, Stanley B. Burns