These are photographs of
"freaks" which are from the scientific collection
in an institute in
Vienna .The institute is called "Der
could be translated as
"The Fool's Tower".The Fool's Tower was
established in 1784 as
as the first psychiatric hospital.1866 it was closed
and used as a nurse hostel, physicians official residences and a depot
of university clinics.
Since 1971 the pathological-anatomical federal museum
is accommodated in the Fool's
tower . The very kind and cooperative Management
gave me the permission to photograph the collection .
These children were all
born dead . Some of them didn't even have a brain .
I was impressed by the
expression in their faces . From the photograph
one gets an evens
stronger impression of life and emotion.
The frozen moment of the
photograph does not tell whether they might be moving or not.
These pictures are not
shown for the cheap horror or
any other disrespectful
reasons. On the
contrary, I find there is beauty in them; and
they leave us with the
question what kind of consciousness had lived inside these
little bodies, in the
short period of their existence .