Magazine publication, offset · 2008
In the Autumn 2008 death issue of Blackflash, David Morrish offers up a nine page image sequence which deals with mortality. Collections of photographic ephemera, such as passports, decaying or manipulated portraits and post mortem portraits from the 19th and early 20th centuries, advertising prints of caskets, and a never-ending pattern of human skulls, make up the content. An excerpt from Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology provides a mother's fatalistic voice in the dark uneasy silence of the imagery. These collections of artifacts have fed his interests in the difficult questions surrounding mortality and his search for ways to visualize them.