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truth in photography

Posted in art by thepaperwalls on March 31, 2009

I saw this picture last week and haven’t been able to get it out of my mind. I’m the last person to ever glamorize suicide, but this image, as it is as an image, is incredible in the truest sense of the word–challenging my sense of what is or can be.


Photo by Robert Wiles, from LIFE Magazine, 1947.  Evelyn McHale had jumped off of the Empire State Building, clutching her pearl necklace.


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  1. Sarah said, on April 1, 2009 at 4:21 am

    Woah. Beauty in death…

  2. kasey said, on April 2, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    oh evelyn. she looks so peaceful..beautiful. her legs are crossed…

  3. aheide2000 said, on April 3, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    I agree with the others, this image is amazing. If it weren’t for the twisted metal one could easily imagine her lounging and reflecting on life.

  4. warren oates said, on April 14, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    longtime lurker, first-time poster

    great photo, great post. and those snapshots of noho rock too. you have a good eye and are already a talented photographer in your own right.

    the majesty of the suicide reminds me of the aesthetic reverence of this book:

    Car Crashes & Other Sad Stories (Photobook) (Hardcover)
    by Jennifer Dumas (Author), Mell Kilpatrick (Photographer)

    it’s all about decisive moments

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