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Purple, Brown, Grey, White, and Black — Life in Death [EOL in Art 186]

Photographer Daniel Schumann went to St. Francis Hospice near Dusseldorf, Germany.  He befriended several of the residents at the hospice and got their permission to photograph them throughout their stay.  The project is entitled Purple, Brown, Grey, White, and Black — Life in Death.

His photos depict the residents as they were before and after death. The effect is solemn, yet tranquil. And since death and dying lay at the heart of Schumann’s entire project, something about his subjects’ experience will always remain unknown to his viewer. 


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