Photographer Interviews

Creating a Photographic Study of Decaying Human Corpses

August 1, 2017

By David Walker

© Robert Shults

Students bury a donor’s body as part of their research at the Forensic Anthropology Research Facility, a 26-acre outdoor laboratory on a ranch in San Marcos, Texas.

Most of us don’t want to think about death, much less witness its physical ravages. But photographer Robert Shults photographed it with a macabre, surreal beauty for “The Washing Away of Wrongs,” his recent project about researchers who study the decay of human corpses at a secluded Texas ranch. Their mission is to gather data that may help solve violent...

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