When you step into one of London’s iconic red telephone boxes, you’re entering the architecture of a tomb.
350 Years After the Great Plague, Its Skeletal Reaper Remains
Death as a skeletal grim reaper was cemented as a symbol during the plagues in Europe, which stretched from the 14th to 18th centuries.
A Guide to the 20th-Century Artists’ Graves of New York City
Following our exploration of the artist graves in New York City from the 19th and early 20th centuries, we continue into the 20th and 21st centuries.
The Lost Ritual of Photographing the Dead
Despite the current ubiquity of cameras, we rarely pause in our flurry of social media sharing to document one of the most significant events in all our lives: death.
A New Museum Encourages Us to Consider Death
NEW ORLEANS — No matter how strong your stomach for the macabre, there is likely some moment in the Museum of Death that will make it twist.
An Artistic History of Death
Memento Mori — Looking at Death in Art and Illustration at the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery considers death’s role in society over the past 500 years.
Photographs Document the Global Traditions of Living with the Dead
Memento Mori: The Dead Among Us, a photography book by Paul Koudounaris out this month from Thames & Hudson, is a visual narrative of how a more visceral relationship to the dead thrives across the globe.
You Can Kickstart an Urban Human Compost Center
At death in the United States we are faced with two options: burial or cremation.
The Funerals of Artists
As a last statement, our funerals are remarkable as much for their uniformity as for their conclusion of highly personal lives.
India’s Death Photographers Working Amid the Cremation Flames of the Ganges
Arriving with dance and music, draped in orange and pink flowers, the dead keep constant company in Varanasi, India, where cremations happen by the hundred each day on the Ganges River.
A Digital Museum for New York’s Unclaimed Dead
The over one million people buried on New York City’s Hart Island are unified by their invisibility. With no tombstones or regular public access, the bodies resting in layers in the ongoing mass grave are mostly forgotten, even though the cemetery is the largest tax-funded burial ground in the world.
The Accessories of Death
While death and dying may not be popular topics of conversation today, mourning was a familiar act that developed into a social ritual in the 18th through early 20th century — particularly in the Western world — with high mortality rates and low life expectancies.