You may wonder what would prompt me to write about a topic that seems morbid. Many know that I love going through old photographs, old letters and old paper items. My curiosity with this topic began in the late summer of 2009 when I came home from an auction with a box of photographs that contained 2 postmortem (after death) photos.
The interest in death-masks came about the same way. I came upon the photo you see below in another box of photographs I came home with a several years ago. It was taken in the New York studio of sculpture Victor Frisch..I sold most of the photos, but kept one that I have included below because it is beautiful and contains several of the sculptures he is noted for. In the upper right of the photo below you will notice the death mask that I've featured on this page.
If you have ever been to Central Park in New York, according to what I have read, he did the "Snow Babies" statues at an entry way to a section of the park. I will share more about him later.
I hope you enjoy your visit and learn a bit about the unusual practice of making death masks and taking photos of people after death.