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    Walter Schels and his partner Beate Lakotta recorded interviews with their subjects in their final days, revealing much about dying - and living. He made close-up portraits showing them in both life and death. A powerful body of work ensued. “People are almost always pretending something, but these people had lost that need,” Mr. Schels told the Guardian. “I felt it enabled me as a photographer to get as close as it’s possible to get to the core of a person

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"Life Before Death -- This sombre series of portraits taken of people before and after they had died is a challenging and poignant study. The work by German photographer Walter Schels and his partner Beate Lakotta, who recorded interviews with the subjects in their final days, reveals much about dying - and living."

Credit: Walter Schels/Wellcome Trust Second portrait: March 10 2004 Beate felt that leaving her husband and children behind w...

"I want very much to die. I want to become part of that vast extraordinary light. But dying is hard work. Death is in control of the process, I cannot influence its course. All I can do is wait. I was given my life, I had to live it, and now I am giving it back."

Photographer Walter Schels captures portraits of terminally ill people shortly before and shortly after death.

Life Before Death: A series of portraits of terminally ill people in their final days, and shortly after. Sobering.

Powerful Portraits of Individuals Before and Directly After Their Death {Walter Schels and Beat Lakotta}

Walter_Schels_Foege_06 Name: Michael Föge Age: 50 Born: 15th June 1952 Died: 12th February 2003, at Ricam Hospice, Berlin

Photos of people before and immediately after death will comfort you and help you face your worst fear.

Throughout the Victorian era one sometimes encounters portraits that were taken of the back of peoples' heads, such as this one of four lovely ladies. I'm very glad such photos were captured because they allow us to see what hairstyles and fashions of the day looked like from the back (instead of just the front).

Chopin's death mask... Please don't think that I'm creepy because I find this cool..I just have an uncontrollable obsession with masks..and Chopin..