Graveyard Shift Morgue Photography By Jeffrey Silverthorne You Can't Look Away From  

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Between 1972 and 1991, photographer Jeffrey Silverthorne took a series of haunting photographs in a Rhode Island morgue. Despite the subject matter of what he captured, Silverthorne desired to produce more than just creepy morgue photography. Rather, he wanted to capture the lingering humanity of each body in its transitional state between life and death. As opposed to the staged beauty of Victorian funerary photography, Silverthorne's morgue photos depict the human body with explicit and grim resolution. In 2017, he published a collection called Morgue through Stanley/Barker. 

The pictures featured in Morgue are predominantly from 1972 to 1973 and are black and white. The following - which includes colored photos from Silverthorne 's later gallery exhibits - showcases people who passed from both natural causes and traumatic occurrences. Silverthorne's art focuses on the nuances of the body, like facial expression, limb positioning, and, if endured, bodily injury. While the images are at times disturbing, it's difficult to look away from the haunting photographs below. While there is one very famous person within this series, these images don't depict the standard open-casket celebrity photos audiences may be accustomed to. 

Close Up With Facial Hair Still Present

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Photo:  "Home Death" (1973) Jeffrey Silverthorne /via VU' La Galerie

Chilling Picture Of Deceased Infant

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Photo:  "Crib Death" (1972-1974) Jeffrey Silverthorne /via VU' La Galerie

Side-By-Side Photo Of Couple Who Passed From Monoxide Poisoning

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Photo:  "Lovers, accidental carbon monoxide poisoning" (1973) Jeffrey Silverthorne /via VU' La Galerie