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‘Bodies & Skulls” ~ A Photo Series From Bodies the Exhibition

By Hanssie on December 10th 2013

The human body is an amazing network of systems that work together. I remember in Anatomy and Physiology having to dissect a cat and upon opening the chest cavity (I’m reliving the feelings of nauseousness just thinking about it), I found a unidentifiable mass of flesh that I was supposed to decipher into veins and arteries, organs and other parts. Apparently, my cat was the only cat that the veins and arteries were not dyed blue and red to help distinguish between the two. If only I had the photographs of James Bareham, of the New York based creative production company, The New Cruelty to help me pass A&P.

In the series, “Bodies and Skulls,” the intricacies of the human body is shown in a series of still life images. The agency was commissioned to photograph preserved human skulls,┬ábodies and various internal organs featured in the famous BODIES the Exhibition. These images were later shown on the show Mystery Diagnosis on the Oprah Newtwork.

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The shoot took place at night when the exhibit was closed to the general public.

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CREDITS: All photographs by James Bareham are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at and Follow her on Instagram. Email her at:
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  1. Joseph Prusa

    That exhibit was amazing !

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