Death in Photography has been a popular element in Photography, photojournalist capture death in the obscenities of war. Fashion photographers such as Guy Bourdin have recreated death in their hyperreal imagery. Death was documented frequently during the Civil War. I have also wondered why such praise over the image of the thantos. I remember watching The People Verses Larry Flint, and in the movie he was speaking to a crowd after the courts of Cincinnati, had charged him with obscenity charges to his then up in coming magazine called Hustler. Larry Flint was telling how hypocritical the media is to be portraying and showing imagery of the dead soldiers of the Vietnam War, and then to call his work obscene. I still find that to be the case wear our government is responsible for sending many young men to war and many to be killed and then our media glorifies their death by draping an American Flag over their coffin.
I can understand from the reading how death was so common in the 1800's that it was impossible not to document and exploit. However today where is the celebration of life or the article that Life takes a Holiday. I like what supreme court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote best on the issue of death, " We have got the fruit of Creation now, and need not trouble ourselves with the core. Every conceivable object of nature and Art will soon scale off it's surface for us.