Unspeaking Likeness is a series of images 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 has spent the last four years traveling around the country to coroner's offices and law enforcement agencies photographing examples of these reconstructions in classic portraiture style. Twin Palms Publications will publish a book of this work, entitled Unspeaking Likeness, in 2010.
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