For the past four years, photographer Arne Svenson travelled to law enforcement agencies and coroner’s offices to locate and photograph a unique genre of sculptures. When an unidentified corpse is discovered, occasionally authorities will have a clay or plaster likeness of the deceased created to aid in their identification. The resulting reconstructions range from rough interpretations to eerily detailed representations which Svenson has photographed in the same manner as traditional portraits in this series titled “Unspeaking Likeness”. Each image has a narrow range of focus across the eyes of each sculpture, adding to their intensity and haunting blank gaze.
text by Canbra Hodsdon