Darkness and Light: Death and Beauty in Photography

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by Stephen R. Moriarty
Snite Museum of Art – University of Notre Dame

The photographs in this catalog and exhibit were selected for their relationship to the concepts of death and beauty. The “death” photographs are not just depictions of lifeless bodies, although there are some of those, but are also images that illustrate fear, pain, alienation, loneliness, anger, sorrow, hatred, and the destruction of places, cultures or races. Similarly, the “beauty” photographs are not just depictions of attractive people or things, although there are some of those, too, but are also images that illustrate care, compassion, healing, growth, happiness, the preservation of places or cultures, grace, or love.

Another way to look at death and beauty in the context of photography is to think of darkness and light. Without some kind of light, it is impossible to make a photograph. At the same time, there must be some darkness to define the image.

Readers are invited to study the photographs and decide for themselves if an image represents light/beauty, darkness/death, or neither, or both.

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