A reminder not to miss Paul Koudounaris‘s signing of his new book, Memento Mori, tomorrow night at San Francisco’s Loved to Death! I have been fortunate to obtain an early copy of the book, and it is an absolute masterpiece.
Through photos taken at more than 250 sites in thirty countries over a decade, Paul Koudounaris has captured death around the world. From Bolivia’s “festival of the little pug-nosed ones”, where skulls are festooned with flowers and given cigarettes to smoke and beanie hats to protect them from the weather to Indonesian families who dress mummies and include them in their household routines; from naturally preserved Buddhist monks and memorials to genocide in Rwanda and Cambodia to the dramatic climax of Europe’s great ossuaries, Memento Mori defies taboo to demonstrate how the dead continue to be present in the lives of people everywhere.
Loved to Death is located at 1681 Haight St in San Francisco, and will be hosting the signing and exhibit on Thursday, April 16 from 6 – 8 PM.