Life Before Death -- 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.

Life Before Death at the Wellcome Collection

Beautiful study before and after death. Edelgard Clavey, Life Before Death German photographer Walter Schels and his partner Beate Lakotta, who recorded the interviews.

Before and After Death by Walter Schels.

Life Before Death. Walter Schels' Portraits of People Before and After Death

Photos of people before and immediately after death will comfort you and help you face your worst fear.

Photographer Walter Schels was terrified of death. Upon entering his Schels finally decided to overcome his fear through a bold, bizarre project – photographing individuals before and directly after their death.

My first dog daughter was a Dobbie.  Her name was Tarashe looked like this dog but was a little chubbier!  Lovely long legs though!

My first dog daughter was a Dobbie. Her name was Tarashe looked like this dog but was a little chubbier! Lovely long legs though!

“Noch Mal Leben”, the work of photographer Walter Schels and journalist Beate Lakotta has been getting a lot of Internet love lately. Their project, translated as “Life Before Death”, documents terminal patients with before and after death portraits, putting a unique spin on what had historically been only a death portrait. The before portraits do humanize the subject in a way death portraits cannot, but I find the death sides of the diptychs, even with their artful lighting, as silently…

Walter Schels – Life Before Death

“Noch Mal Leben”, the work of photographer Walter Schels and journalist Beate Lakotta. Their project, translated as “Life Before Death”, documents terminal patients with before and after death portraits.

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Life Before Death by Walter Schels (2008) - Imgur

Life Before Death by Walter Schels (2008)

Photographer Walter Schels was terrified of death, so much so he refused to see his mother after she passed away. Upon entering his 70s, Schels finally decided to overcome his fear through a bold, bizarre project – photographing individuals before and directly after their death.

Photographer Walter Sachels was terrified of death, so much so he refused to see his mother after she passed away. Upon entering his Schels finally decided to overcome his fear through a bold,.

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Edelgard Clavey, age 67 “I want so very much to die. I want to become part of that vast extraordinary light. But dying is hard work.” Image: Walter Schels/ Life before Death

POWERFUL PORTRAITS OF INDIVIDUALS BEFORE AND DIRECTLY AFTER THEIR DEATH  Name: Jan Andersen. Age: 27 Born: 21st of February 1978 Died: 14th June 2005, at Leuchtfeuer Hospice, Hamburg Jan Andersen was 19 when he discovered that he was HIV-positive. On his 27th birthday he was told that he didn’t have much time left: cancer, a rare form, triggered by the HIV-infection. He did not complain. …

Photographer Walter Sachels was terrified of death, so much so he refused to see his mother after she passed away. Upon entering his Schels finally decided to overcome his fear through a bold,.

Walter Schels Name: Maria Hai-Anh Tuyet Cao Age: 52 Born: 26th August 1951 Died: 15th February 2004, at Leuchtfeuer Hospice, Hamburg

Maria Hai-Anh Tuyet Cao: “Death is nothing. I embrace death. It is not eternal. Afterwards, when we meet God, we become beautiful. We are only called back to earth if we are still attached to another human being in the final seconds.

Credit: Walter Schels/Wellcome Trust Second portrait: March 10 2004 Beate felt that leaving her husband and children behind w...

Life Before Death at the Wellcome Collection

Credit: Walter Schels/Wellcome Trust Second portrait: March 10 2004 Beate felt that leaving her husband and children behind w.

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