In his most recent body of work, Arne Senson has traveled to coroners' offices and police stations in the United States and Mexico, photographing forensic recreations of the dead, many of whose bodies remain unidentified, and whose murders remain unsolved. The subjects range from the young women whose bodies were dumped or buried, en masse, on the outskirts of Juarez, Mexico--murders which are still unsolved--to children who were the victims of abusive or negligent parents.
"We are all too aware that when we die, the flesh goes. Memories of us may die more quickly or slowly, depending on how we were known and loved. But in both cases no one escapes decay. The transition between flesh and dust is, to those of us who witness any part of it, a nightmare. What is there beneath the skin that love or friendship would ever wish to see? And when the matter reveals itself to anyone but a surgeon, and moreover when it is rotting, it becomes an observer's enemy. This is hardly putting the