Photographers look for 'the poetry of death and dying in America'

Rituals surrounding death vary from place to place, and even from community to community within the smallest of towns. Bastienne Schmidt and Philippe Cheng traveled across the US to photograph the wide range of those rituals and what they can show us about the people and places that created them.


Why this photographer takes portraits of the dying

Nicholas Nixon has spent much of his career taking pictures of the dying, including a series of portraits of AIDS victims during the 1980s, when fear of the disease ran high and few people knew victims.


Explore the final moments of a dying man who chose to end his own life

Ben Wald's death in 2013 did not make headlines, like the death of Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman who took her own life due to a terminal illness. But like Maynard, Wald died on his own terms, thanks to Oregon's Death With Dignity Act. His wife, Pam, however, is now an advocate for the compassionate dying movement and is helping to keep the issue in the public eye.


How a photographer captured his father's final years

"Days With My Father" started out as a personal project from photographer Phil Toledano, who took images of his father as he became his primary caregiver. To Toledano's surprise, the photos struck a chord with the wider public.