Composing and Decomposing Bodies: Visualizing Death and Disease in an Era of Global War, Pestilence, and Famine, 1913–1923
This chapter explores conflict, crisis, and contagion as well as mass death at a time when dramatic new methods were being used to record this. Advancing imaging technologies were developing as part of a visual regime of capture, counting, and containment joining popular culture, state bureaucracy, scientific, and medical research practices. The capturing and viewing of images is presented as a means of integrating the study of the embodied physical and cultural. A primary examination of World War I, 1914–1918, with some discussion of its relevance to the Spanish flu, 1918, and the Povolzhye famine, 1921–1923, foreground discussion of present-day remembrance of the dead and the exhumation of bodies for scientific and historical study.