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post mortem

post mortem

in modern societies death has become very visible and invisble at the same time. we are used to watch images of death in movies and the daily news about war, accidents and natural desaster. but on the other side the daily natural death has been completely vanished from the public view. it almost has become a taboo that people do not talk and know about.

today more people die in hospitals than in their own home – like it was a century ago, where it was the relatives task to take care of the dead body. but nowadays professionals are called who remove the body from visibilty.

but before finally vanishing, the deceased person’s corpse is administered, scrutinized, investigated, processed by various institutions and thus once again confronted with its former life. like a dying pendulum, the corpse oscillates between life (e.g. by being dressed in the deceased’s personal clothes) and complete decomposition (e.g. the body’s temporary destruction during autopsy).

„post mortem“ traces this resonation and accompanies the dead body on its last journey from cold rooms, storages, pathology, taxidermy, scientific collections, morticians, crematories and cemeteries.

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search for evidence

search for evidence

almost every evening we can watch so-called forensic investigators and forensic pathologists doing their job: in tv series like csi, crossing jordan or quincy we can see them investigating crime cases.

as a result of being exposed to these medial representations, many people have a specific image of typical criminal investigators and their work: very often they are shown as strange characters working alone in dim-lit rooms, using fancy high-tech gadgets that help to determine the cause of death within minutes.

however, if one searches for the reality behind these fictional stereotypes, one soon realizes that tv creates myths and false knowledge completely different from the reality of forensic investigation

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vestigo

vestigo

when forensic investigators first come to possible crime scene, they usually do not yet know what happened – not even, if there really has been a crime. only traces hint to what might have taken place here and what not. sometimes these clues are rather obvious, sometimes only looking very closely will indicate possible past events … and sometimes, what seems to be a trace is no trace at all.

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fifteen minutes

fifteen minutes

fighters are normally shown as strong, brave and in complete control. but this control crumbles backstage after the fight, and there’s a brief glimpse of the person behind the façade of the fierce warrior, along with the full strength of emotions connected with the 15 minutes of fighting – exertion, pain, exhaustion, vulnerability, despair, determination, triumph and defeat.

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muay thai

muay thai

what football is in the u.s. and soccer is in europe, muay thai (thai boxing) is in thailand. similar to football and soccer, there are millions of fans, and the big fights are transmitted via national tv every day.

many boys start training early in their life, dreaming of once becoming a huge star. while there are many small local training camps and boxing stadions, the big show is in lumpinee stadium and rajadamnern stadium in bangkok. whoever is allowed to box here, has made it. „muay thai champion of lumpinee“ is one of the most prestigious titles in the world of martial arts. so every night, hundreds of enthusiastic fans come to watch the the show.

for the fighters, boxing here is not just an honour and a huge chance – they also know that they do not have much time: successful muay thai boxers are rarely older than 30.

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samaathi

samaathi

the spiritual heart of thailand is buddhism.
monks are the embodiment of buddhism.
the ultimate goal of the buddhist path is enlightenment.
one key to enlightenment is meditation.

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dry-aged

dry-aged

„never in this life is he going to photograph something like flowers!“

this my partner said when talking to my old photography teacher about my photography. i have no idea how they came up with flowers in this context. my interest in flowers is non-existing. every flower that i tried to keep in my home died shortly after. this is why only cacti can be found at my place.

of course, i admire these amazing classic pictures from karl blossfeldt. but generally, i was never interested flower photography at all. i am used to photograph at crime scenes, in autopsy rooms, in huge chaotic crowds… but taking pictures of flowers is way out of my comfort zone.

and i guess this is why why my teacher responded: „don’t worry. i will make this happen!“

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hakusen

hakusen

white lines //

books

post mortem

post mortem

peperoni books, berlin
64 pages | 25 color & 4 black & white-photos
23 x 24,5 cm | hardcover
english | isbn 978-3-941825-27-7

books

quæstiones medico-legales

quæstiones medico-legales

with an essay by prof. dr. michael tsokos
discussion with patrik budenz, prof dr. hubert knoblauch and pd dr. matthias christen
peperoni books, berlin
160 pages | 87 photos in tritone
17 x 24 cm | hardcover
german | isbn 978-3-941825-21-5

books

because of the tragic death of my friend and publisher, hannes wanderer, in 2019, also his highly regarded publishing company peperoni books does not exist anymore. therefore it is not possible anymore to order my books in any book stores .  

but i still have some copies left. so, if you are interested in buying one of the following books, please contact me.

post mortem

post mortem

a person’s death ends her existence. still, the body remains.

until the 19th century, death was so prevalent in everyday life that it couldn’t be denied: people nearly always died at home. it was the relatives‘ task to wash the body and cover it.

in the course of industrialization and the development of modern medicine, mortality rates dropped drastically. more and more, elderly people moved to hospitals and nursing homes, long before they died. the thought of death itself increasingly became unbearable for most people. today, death has mostly vanished from public perception. most people die in institutions, and in case someone actually still dies at home, the corpse is immediately taken away by morticians in order to prepare the burial.

but what happens with a corpse between the moment it is given into the care of professionals and the burial?

post mortem
peperoni books, berlin

64 pages | 25 color & 4 black & white-photos
23 x 24,5 cm | hardcover
english | isbn 978-3-941825-27-7
€30

quæstiones medico-legales

quæstiones medico-legales

hinter den kulissen der rechtsmedizin

every evening tv-shows like csi, crossing jordan or quincy show legal medical experts at work and the field of forensics also have long since entered the german crime series. but the medical image of forensic medicine has only little in common with reality. in fact, only few people have realistic ideas of how things work in the autopsy hall or the forensic laboratories and what else belongs to the legal medical’s everyday life.
the photographer patrik budenz wanted to find out more. on the basis of the medial image, he accompanied the forensic medicals during their work at the site of crime, in the section room, in the laboratory and at their desk. as a photographer he proceeded as carefully as the medicals themselves. he exactly observed what happened and translated it into pictures, which precisely document the medical’s daily routine.

patrik budenz has deliberately renounced drastic effects. the work on the series nevertheless became a boundary experience for him, because a lot of what legal medicals are confronted with in their daily life lies far beyond most people’s imagination.

the head of the institute for legal medicine at berlin’s charité hospital, prof. dr. michael tsokos, introduces the topic with an essay. a detailed discussion, which the photographer led with the sociologist prof. dr. hubert knoblauch and the expert for post mortem photography pd dr. matthias christen, emphasizes the dealing with images of dead people and dissected corpses.

quæstiones medico-legales
with an essay by prof. dr. michael tsokos
discussion with patrik budenz, prof dr. hubert knoblauch and pd dr. matthias christen
peperoni books, berlin
160 pages | 87 photos in tritone
17 x 24 cm | hardcover
german | isbn 978-3-941825-21-5
euro 25

exhibitions

2020

fifteen minutes / samaathi | suvannabhumi art gallery | chiang mai

2019

1000 wirklichkeiten – 100 jahre deutsche fotografische akademie | haus der photographie | hamburg
hieb & stich – dem verbrechen auf der spur | wilhelm-fabry-museum | hilden

2018

samadhi | bangkok photo festival – galerie oasis | bangkok

2017

nang samaathi | raumsechs | düsseldorf
hieb & stich – dem verbrechen auf der spur | museum of medical history | berlin

2016

fifteen minutes | bookhemian 2521 art space | phuket/thailand

2015

post mortem & hinter den kulissen der rechtsmedizin | museum für sepulkralkultur | kassel
fifteen minutes | kathmandu gallery | bangkok/thailand

2014

made in berlin – exhibition on photobooks | exposure twelve | berlin
fifteen minutes | raumsechs | düsseldorf
perspektiven vol. 1 | neue schule für fotografie | berlin

2013

eyes wide open | proust wörter & töne | essen
post mortem | peperoni books showroom | berlin

2012

in transit – the view of the other, 5th european month of photography | berlin
vom tatort ins labor – rechtsmediziner decken auf | wilhelm-fabry-museum | hilden
vom tatort ins labor – rechtsmediziner decken auf | museum of medical history | hamburg

2011

vom tatort ins labor – hinter den kulissen der rechtsmedizin | proust wörter & töne | essen
vom tatort ins labor – rechtsmediziner decken auf | deutsches medizinhistorisches museum | ingolstadt

2010

fotosommer stuttgart 2010 | award show | stuttgart
new visionaries 2009 | new york photo festival 2010 | usa
dunkelfeld | galerie altes rathaus | leinfelden-musberg

2009

vom tatort ins labor – rechtsmediziner decken auf | science pyramide, galileo park | lennestadt/meggen
post mortem | otto berg bestattungen | berlin
open09 | neue schule für fotografie |  berlin
die erfindung des realen | galerie ruhnke | potsdam
vom tatort ins labor – rechtsmediziner decken auf | museum of medical history | berlin

press

patrik budenz: imágenes poderosas de nuestro último viaje después de la muerte | ismorbo.com (spanish) | january 12, 2017

powerful photos of the body after death | featureshoot.com (english) | january 11, 2017

patrik budenz – au coeuer de la morgue | résonance funéraire (french) | january, 2016

fotografien über den tod – „ich wollte eine grenze überschreiten“ | spiegel.de (german) | july 11, 2015

post mortem: sonderausstellung im sepulkralmuseum in kassel | youtube (german) | june 11, 2015

meet the photographer who spent four years in a forensic morgue | aol (english) | october 21, 2013

los cadáveres de berlín | yorokubo.es (spanish) | october 11, 2013

when dead bodies are your job, death becomes a way of life | wired.com (english) | september 23, 2013

ez történik velünk a halál után | indx.hu (hungarian) | september 16, 2013

post mortem | gup magazine (english) | september 13, 2013

this week in photography books – patrik budenz | a photo editor (english) | august 2, 2013

patrik budenz / la mort vous va si bien | lesothers.com (french) | june 6, 2013

patrik budenz, le photographe qui documente la mort | konbini.com (french) | may 24, 2013

entre la vie et la morgue | boumbang.fr (french) | may 10, 2013

ausflug in den sektionssaal | der standard (german) | june 16, 2011

„manchmal kann ich die leiche noch riechen“ | focus online (german) | may 30, 2011

the beauty of death | castor und pollux (german) | october 10, 2009

spurensuche – patrik budenz fotografierte berliner rechtsmedizinische institute | photonews (german) | april 2009

„vom tatort ins labor“: ausstellung zur rechtsmedizin in berlin | spiegel online video (german) | march 06, 2009

info

patrik budenz

patrik budenz

born in 1971, first studied information systems in bamberg/germany and is working as a software developer. from 2008-2009 he studied photography at the neue schule für fotografie in berlin and since then he is also working as a freelance photographer.

he lives in berlin/germany and works everywhere.

awards

won the new york photo award 2009
finalist at kassel fotobuchfestival 2009
finalist at stuttgart photo summer 2010.

member

deutsche fotografische akademie since 2011

books

quaestiones medico-legales – hinter den kulissen der rechtsmedizin | 2011
post mortem | 2013/2015

publications

süddeutsche zeitung, the guardian, spiegel online, frankfurter allgemeine sonntagszeitung, zeit wissen, stern crime, stern.de, planetopia/sat1, feature shoot, intro, yvi magazine, nitro and others

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