Photographs by Richard Ehrlich.
Nazraeli Press, Portland, 2009. 56 pp., 45 color illustrations, 9x12".
Renderings of human anatomy predate the Renaissance. In an age without rigid distinctions between art and science, such images often served both disciplines. Richard Ehrlich’s photographs of the human body, utilizing modern radiological and imaging techniques, recall an era when the artistic and the scientific mutually reinforced one another. The ability of digitally-based CT and MR scanning to penetrate and display anatomical detail and provide functional information represents a paradigm shift in modern medicine. Simultaneously, these techniques provide a new basis for artistic expression and the contemplation of the exquisite and mysterious beauty of the human form. A renowned surgeon, Richard Ehrlich has taken photographs for decades as a method of record keeping during surgery. This body of work merges his two passions; with it, what you see is who you are. Anatomia Digitale is printed in a first edition of 1,000 copies.
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