Xavier Sepeda 3/19/18 Brett Price Issues and Ideas Joel-Peter Witkin Joel-Peter Witkin is an american photographer. Witkin has studied at the Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture and the University of New Mexico. His art is inspired by past photographers such as Henry Peach Robinson and Oscar Gustave Reijlander. He uses the daguerreotype process in many of his works. He was influenced by past experiences. As a child he had saw a girls decapitated head after a car accident in front of his home. His first encounter with a pre op transexual has also influenced his work. He began to take photos at the age of 16, carrying out his career from there. Witkin works with many people who have disabilities, deformities, transexuals, corpses and amputated body parts. His work often deals with religion and morality. Witkin constantly incorporates memento mori into his works. Memento mori is the practice of reflection in Medieval Latin Christian culture. Witkin has to travel to mexico when wanting to use unclaimed corpses and dismembered parts since there are less strict rules about his practices. The photographer stated ‘I wanted my photographs to be as powerful as the last thing a person sees or remembers before death’. Witkins photography can be very shocking in their imagery but the scenery within is crafted to hold messages and metaphors for the viewer to think about. His work is something that's hard to look at but also hard to look away from because of how horrendous and beautiful it is.
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