DARK PARTY
DARK PARTY
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magictransistor:

Dayak headhunter attends the Gawai Autu feast (photographed by Charles Hose), Borneo, ca. 1912.
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Swedish Woman Finds IKEA Bags Filled With 80 Human Skeletons
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sixpenceee:

UNETHICAL EXPERIMENTS: SHOCKS FOR PICTURES
In 1862, French neurologist Guillaume Duchenne wanted to test the popular theory (at the time) that the face was directly linked to the soul.
He had already done some work applying electric shocks to patients’ damaged muscles and he reasoned that if he could apply electric currents to a subject’s face he could stimulate the muscles and photograph the results.
One problem was that while it was easy to activate responses with electric shocks, it passed too quickly for the camera to record. 
One of the patients at the hospital where Duchenne worked was a shoemaker who suffered from facial paralysis, which meant he would hold facial expressions longer- long enough to photograph. 
The above picture is one of the pictures. 

Duchenne subjected the shoemaker to over 100 sessions. While it was clearly unethical and pretty painful, Duchenne figured out the muscles required for a genuine smile.  
SOURCE
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chipsandbeermag:

Steve Fiorilla
chipsandbeermag:

Steve Fiorilla
chipsandbeermag:

Steve Fiorilla
chipsandbeermag:

Steve Fiorilla
chipsandbeermag:

Steve Fiorilla
chipsandbeermag:

Steve Fiorilla
chipsandbeermag:

Steve Fiorilla
chipsandbeermag:

Steve Fiorilla
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Dark Art  – Kevin Carter (committed suicide July 27, 1994)
In March 1993, while on a trip to Sudan, Carter was preparing to photograph a starving toddler trying to reach a feeding center when a hooded vulture landed nearby. Carter reported taking the picture, because it was his “job title”, and leaving. He was told not to touch the children due to transmitting disease.

He committed suicide 3 months after winning the Pulitzer Prize for this photograph.
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“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know.” 
Diane Arbus committed suicide in her New York City apartment on July 26, 1971.
“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know.” 
Diane Arbus committed suicide in her New York City apartment on July 26, 1971.
“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know.” 
Diane Arbus committed suicide in her New York City apartment on July 26, 1971.
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Dark Art: Jeremy Blake – July 13, 2007 (double suicide)

"It’s telling that Blake’s most famous and most powerful work, the Winchester trilogy (2004), is a study of a woman’s madness, of her consuming, paranoiac obsession. Sarah Winchester (1839–1922), heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune, grief-stricken at the death of her husband and infant daughter, was told by a medium that she must move to California and never stop building on a giant house, to appease the ghosts of all those who had died by her family’s evil rifles. Which she did. The Winchester Mystery House, now a tourist attraction in San Jose, California, built over 38 years, has 160 rooms, 40 staircases, 950 doors, and 10,000 windows."

“My interest in the mansion,” Blake said in the catalogue for the 2004 Winchester show, “is rooted in an understanding that the site is more than just a monument to one person’s eccentric fears—it is the tangible outcome of a pileup of social and historical narratives.”

http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2008/01/suicides200801
Dark Art: Jeremy Blake – July 13, 2007 (double suicide)

"It’s telling that Blake’s most famous and most powerful work, the Winchester trilogy (2004), is a study of a woman’s madness, of her consuming, paranoiac obsession. Sarah Winchester (1839–1922), heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune, grief-stricken at the death of her husband and infant daughter, was told by a medium that she must move to California and never stop building on a giant house, to appease the ghosts of all those who had died by her family’s evil rifles. Which she did. The Winchester Mystery House, now a tourist attraction in San Jose, California, built over 38 years, has 160 rooms, 40 staircases, 950 doors, and 10,000 windows."

“My interest in the mansion,” Blake said in the catalogue for the 2004 Winchester show, “is rooted in an understanding that the site is more than just a monument to one person’s eccentric fears—it is the tangible outcome of a pileup of social and historical narratives.”

http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2008/01/suicides200801
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cauldronandcross:

The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Frederick Ruysch (detail) Jan van Neck 1683
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foxesinbreeches:

Untitled (Female Nude and Textures) by Victor Palla, 1952
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 ”It (Suicide) is most probably the most correct and most ultimate solution.”
– René Crevel, (committed suicide) 18 June 1935
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kingstitt:

Weegee, Untitled [Installation view of “Weegee: Murder Is My Business” at the Photo League, New York]. 1941, Silver gelatin photographs
(here)
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whattheendoftheworldlookedlike:

Ocean Park, California, 1930.
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Post Apocalyptic Calendar – May Days 
Unabomber: A Revolutionary Recluse’s Promising Beginning
In 1958, 16 year old Theodore Kaczynski graduates early from public high school in Evergreen, Illinois and begins his studies in mathematics at Harvard. Though categorized in the media as a tortured genius from birth–  a stereotypical, problematic “loner”, the health-services doctor who interviewed Kaczynski for the medical examination Harvard required of incoming freshmen observed:

Good impression created. Attractive, mature for age, relaxed…. Talks easily, fluently and pleasantly…. likes people and gets on well with them. May have many acquaintances but makes his friends carefully. Prefers to be by himself part of the time at least. May be slightly shy…. Essentially a practical and realistic planner and an efficient worker…. Exceedingly stable, well integrated and feels secure within himself. Usually very adaptable. May have many achievements and satisfactions.

        – Alston Chase, Harvard and the making of the Unabomber, Part 1

Twenty years later, in May of 1978, Ted mails his first bomb, beginning 17 years of domestic terror by delivering a series of increasingly sophisticated explosive devices that killed three and injured 24.

 
Post Apocalyptic Calendar – May Days 
Unabomber: A Revolutionary Recluse’s Promising Beginning
In 1958, 16 year old Theodore Kaczynski graduates early from public high school in Evergreen, Illinois and begins his studies in mathematics at Harvard. Though categorized in the media as a tortured genius from birth–  a stereotypical, problematic “loner”, the health-services doctor who interviewed Kaczynski for the medical examination Harvard required of incoming freshmen observed:

Good impression created. Attractive, mature for age, relaxed…. Talks easily, fluently and pleasantly…. likes people and gets on well with them. May have many acquaintances but makes his friends carefully. Prefers to be by himself part of the time at least. May be slightly shy…. Essentially a practical and realistic planner and an efficient worker…. Exceedingly stable, well integrated and feels secure within himself. Usually very adaptable. May have many achievements and satisfactions.

        – Alston Chase, Harvard and the making of the Unabomber, Part 1

Twenty years later, in May of 1978, Ted mails his first bomb, beginning 17 years of domestic terror by delivering a series of increasingly sophisticated explosive devices that killed three and injured 24.