Life Before Death: Walter Schels & Beate Lakotta

Life Before Death

Wednesday 9 April 2008 – Sunday 18 May 2008

Nothing teaches us more about life than death itself. Journalist Beate Lakotta and photographer Walter Schels asked 24 terminally ill people if they could accompany them during their last weeks and days. From these vigils came a series of insightful descriptions and photographic portraits taken before and after death.

Far from being gloomy, these intimate concerns of the dying reveal the preciousness and transience of life, and make us question what we often take for granted.

They discuss their experiences of meeting and photographing terminally ill patients, and what this taught them about life and dying.