Unspeaking likeness is a series of photographs of forensic facial reconstruction sculptures. Briefly, when investigators call for it, shortly after an unidentified corpse (or part thereof) is found, an artificial face made of clay or plaster is constructed by a forensic artist to better aid in the identification of the victim. Svenson spent four years traveling across the country and Mexico to coroner's offices and law enforcement agencies photographing examples of these reconstructions in classic portraiture style.

UNSPEAKING LIKENESS

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