New York, NY
Burns Archive Press
First edition, limited to 5000 case-bound copies
black cloth with title stamped in silver, with dust jacket
with 134 four-color and b/w photographs, and 2 color reference illustrations
Text engl. - Edited, preface and essay (in English and French) by Stanley B. Burns, M.D. Includes a selection of images and text on the World Trade Center attack, 'Memorial Photograph Identification by Era,' a 'Chronology: Medical & Historical,' selected bibliography, a history of honors, reviews, exhibitions, documentaries, feature films, etc. pertaining to the book 'Sleeping Beauty' (Twelvetrees Press, 1990), a list of 'Grief & Mourning' resources and biographies of the authors. This is a new selection of postmortem photographs from the "Burns Archive". Published in conjunction with the 2002 exhibition "Le Dernier Portrait" at the Musée d'Orsay, Paris. - From the publisher: "This volume expands the history of early postmortem and memorial photography, and continues the exploration of the subject to the present day. Several new topics are surveyed, and four new major themes are addressed in detail: family bonds, grief and mourning; the significant differences between American and European postmortem photography; the artistry of posthumous mourning photographs; and a new grieving ritual using photographs. Photographs from over 15 countries are examined. Extensive captions accompany some 140 new images, and a detailed chronology and bibliography aid further research."