Where Beauty Softens Your Grief

The Isaiah Owens Funeral Home is in the heart of Harlem, New York. Mr. Owens is an artist, and the corpses are his masterpieces. From the moment they die, the undertaker accompanies the deceased in a process of burial customs resembling the ancient Egyptians. With dedication and respect, the modern Anubis, God of the dead, beautifully prepares the defunct for their after-life. Death often represents a taboo in Western cultures. A taboo that Isaiah Owens challenges every day.

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Gianni Cipriano

Gianni Cipriano is an Italian photojournalist who lives and works between New York and his home city Palermo. He is a graduate of the International Center of Photography in New York and has participated in the Eddie Adams Workshop and the Reflexions Masterclass by Giorgia Fiorio and Gabriel Bauret, among others. Cipriano’s clients include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Vanity Fair and Esquire. His multimedia works have won awards in the United States and Germany. Gianni Cipriano is represented by OnOff Picture.

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