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This Photographer Used Dead Bodies In A Morgue As His Models, and It Was Creepy Beautiful

Who would think that actual dead bodies can be a good subject for photography?

Photographer Used Dead Bodies As His Models
Died in drowning | Photos by Andrés Serrano

Death

Death is such a lonely word. It is a phenomenon that one can actually leave this world physically. But what happens next? What happens after you die?

No one knows.

Photographer Used Dead Bodies As His Models
Stabbed to death

In a bizarre concept, Polemic photographer, Andrés Serrano created an out of this world photographic series. It showcases dark and powerful photos of bodies lying in a morgue, waiting to get cremated. The photographer dug deep through death and how we are related to it. Together with a forensic pathologist, they captured a timeless beauty on lying lifeless bodies.

Photographer Used Dead Bodies As His Models
Death caused by Asphyxia
Photographer Used Dead Bodies As His Models
Died burning

“These are not sentimental images, but the loneliness of death manifests itself in each one,” the photographer Serrano has to say.

All throughout his work, Serrano was accused of perversion, heresy, and vulgarity. However, his award-winning series, The Morgue, did not stop him to take a stand on life and death. In this series, he shows how death occurs in the contemporary. We usually see dead bodies on an autopsy table, but he wanted to give out the stories behind it.

Photographer Used Dead Bodies As His Models
Baby died due to fatal meningitis
Photographer Used Dead Bodies As His Models
Died in multiple stabs

As he released this series, he recalls the funeral services a long time ago, where photographs of the dead can serve as a piece of art. If you can see them, they are actually just sleeping, but paler in color, and stagnant in breathing. The reasons for everyone’s death are captioned on his photos.

Photographer Used Dead Bodies As His Models
Asphyxia due to pneumonia
Photographer Used Dead Bodies As His Models
Killed by the police

The Morgue portrays how death occurs in the contemporary world, centering on the details and textures of the extinguished body,” Serrano explaining his new pieces of art.

Photographer Used Dead Bodies As His Models
Died after getting smothered by four Great Danes dogs
Photographer Used Dead Bodies As His Models
Died after blood transfusion resulting in AIDS

In spite the controversies, he was awarded the Visual Arts Award by the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Arts. He went home with 20,000 dollars after bagging the award.


One good thing about his photographer is that he doesn’t care about what people think of his aesthetic. He was never apologetic when showcasing his work.

Written by Denis Santos

A Journalism student who considers nature as his second home. Likes to travel on a budget, and believes tofu and nuggets come hand in hand.

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