Images of Living and Dying

  • Paolo S. H. Favero


This chapter blurs the distinction between analog and digital and between visual, aural/verbal stories and imagination. Exploring the connection between images (mainly photographs) and death, it follows the intimate journey of the author accompanying his father’s death. Exploring the historical nexus between photography and death, the chapter starts by suggesting that photographs of dead people are active ways for incorporating the dead into the lives of the living. Looking at photographs taken by the author in the aftermath of his father’s death, it then reflects on the act of making photographs as a way for opening up time and acknowledging the present. Addressing the capacity of words to evoke images (ekphrasis), it suggests that images are a tactile, mimetic activity capable of bridging the gap between life and death.


Death and photography Ekphrasis Visible stories Mimesis Life and death Self-portraits Mourning Grief 


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  • Paolo S. H. Favero
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  1. 1.Visual and Digital Cultures Research Center (ViDi)University of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium

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