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Joel-Peter Witkin (born September 13, 1939, in Brooklyn, New York City) is a photographer whose images of the human condition are undeniably powerful. Witkin pursues this complex issue through people most often cast aside by society — human spectacles including hermaphrodites, dwarfs, amputees, androgynes, carcases, people with odd physical capabilities, fetishists and "any living myth . . . anyone bearing the wounds of Christ."

Some of Witkin's works, namely those with corpses in them, have had to be created in Mexico in order to get around restrictive US laws. Witkin claims that his vision and sensibility were initiated by an episode he witnessed when he was just a small child, a car accident that occurred in front of his house in which a little girl was decapitated.

The Kiss (Le Baiser), New Mexico, 1982, is an image of a single autopsied head that’s been sliced in half down the middle, and posed as two separate beings locked in a kiss.

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