...LIFE BEFORE DEATH comprises a series of large format, black and white photographs taken shortly before and immediately after the death of each subject. The exhibition articulates the experiences, hopes and fears of the terminally ill and gives them a final opportunity to be heard.
Of the 24 people portrayed, the majority spent their last days in hospices – places designed to accommodate the dying, where they are able to experience the final phase of their life with as much awareness and freedom from pain as it is possible to achieve. Walter Schels and Beate Lakotta spent over a year working on this project in the charged atmosphere which pervades hospices, where life is pared down to the essentials...
Life Before Death