***WARNING: This following are portraits of both deceased adults and children***  

Here’s an explaining from The Guardian

This sombre series of portraits taken of people before and after they had died is a challenging and poignant study. The work by German photographer Walter Schels and his partner Beate Lakotta, who recorded interviews with the subjects in their final days, reveals much about dying – and living. 

Via The Taxi:

The subjects had tight body frames with intensity in their eye that seemingly stare into the viewers, as if to say “you are the last thing I saw”. 

The post-mortem portraits taken after their passing—depicted in silvery black and white tones—evoke a sense of void, reminding us of our frail human mortality. 

The Guardian also details the stories behind these photos.  You can read those stories by clicking HERE.
All portraits were taken with parental or personal consent.

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