Renowned photographer David Maisel has created a somber and beautiful series of images depicting canisters containing the cremated remains of the unclaimed dead from an Oregon psychiatric hospital. Dating back as far as the nineteenth century, these canisters have undergone chemical reactions, causing extravagant blooms of brilliant white, green, and blue corrosion, revealing unexpected beauty in the most unlikely of places. This beautiful volume is both a quietly astonishing body of fine art from a preeminent contemporary photographer, and an exceptionally poignant monument to the unknown deceased. This is a first edition hardcover book published by Chronicle Books in 2008 and signed by the artist on the title page.
In good used condition with moderate rubbing to the cover on front, back, and spine but no bent, torn or worn internal pages. Totals 108 pages with 71 color reproductions of Maisel's work.