Viewing the work of Joel-Peter Witkin, an American photographer who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is like being unable to tear one's gaze from an open wound. As grotesque as such injuries can be, they are equally mesmerizing to some and that is exactly the case when it comes to Joel-Peter Witkin's carefully staged photography.
Shot in black and white to enhance the vintage quality of each still, Joel-Peter Witkin's photography revolve around erotic narratives that pull people in without much force. Yet Beautiful Decay points out, "The erotic, though filled with the dangers of physical and spiritual nakedness, is often elevated to the divine." From dismembered body parts to simulated orgies, the images are inventive.