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Image: 27.9 x 34 cm (11 x 13 3/8 in.); Paper: 50.4 x 60.3 cm (19 13/16 x 23 3/4 in.); Matted: 55.9 x 66 cm (22 x 26 in.)
Anonymous Donor and Photographers + Friends United Against AIDS 1995.204.12
© 1990 Joel-Peter Witkin
The choice of objects in this provocative still life conveys a chilling sense of the macabre. Among the luscious fruits and vegetables, Witkin arranged dismembered hands, feet, and the autopsied corpse of an infant, all garnered from a morgue in Mexico City where he organized and photographed this grim composition. To Witkin, the photograph symbolizes "the darkness of the unknowable."
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