Folklore, movies, music, and literature often simplify cemeteries as creepy and sinister “boneyards;” places the living should avoid. A visit to one can certainly invoke an ominous feeling but cemeteries can embody so much more. Many of these sacred places are rich with history, skilled artistry, and nature. They can also be the setting for beautiful photographs.
Marc Riboud, Cemetery, Fez, Morocco, 1971 (61.1975)
Madoka Takagi, 153rd St. BW RSD/B’way, Trinity Cemetery, 1990 (2011.71.57)
Graciela Iturbide, The Cemetery, 1988 (119.1995)
José A. Figueroa, Diana y Navarro, Boda En el cementerio, La Habana (Diana Navarro, Wedding Cemetery, Havana), 1968 (printed 2011), (2011.37.19)
entrance to beautiful zale cemetery (designed by yugoslav architect plecnik) in ljubljana, slovenia