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PAULA MAHONEY

Just a Touch of Death

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Just a Touch of Death is a series of portraits by Paula Mahoney. Mahoney’s photographic series plays upon the notion of the photograph as memento mori – a reflection of mortality – and a place suspended between life and death, a concept previously explored by historical theorists such as Sontag, Barthes and Batchen. The works also seek to reference late 18th and early 19th century post-mortem photography, where the subject’s eyes were often left open and their bodies propped up to appear standing or sitting. These photographic works were shot in the artist’s studio and highly directed, with the subject facing the camera at a slight angle with striking visual results.

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