Category: history

April 20, 1999

The Columbine High School Massacre

Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris shot and killed 12 students and one teacher before also taking their own lives. 24 others were injured during the shooting.

Although this was not America’s first mass shooting, this one in particular left a legacy of tragedy. Later school shootings have drawn inspiration from Columbine, which have led to more shootings in more places, with larger body counts, and more frequent occurrences yearly.

Klebold and Harris wanted to create suffering, and unfortunately, they succeeded.

A post mortem photograph of Queen Victoria und…

A post mortem photograph of Queen Victoria under her post mortem photograph of her late husband Prince Albert.

Post Mortem Photography – or Memento Mori photography – became popular as access to photography became more affordable.  The subjects were posed, sometimes as if sleeping in their beds, sometimes propped up as if still completely full of life. The living occasionally posed with dead, making for a macabre family picture.

Queen Victoria, somewhat notorious for her obsession with her late husband Prince Albert, slept beneath his post mortem image. Her very own post mortem photo shows her doing just that.

Memento Mori means “remember you must die”