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2020 SPE Annual Conference: Hosted by The University of Houston | Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts | School of Art

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Dan Snow

SPE Member since 2009
Member Chapter: South Central


Aftermath fulfills the artistic vision of photographer Dan Snow, who says, "I have a strong desire to understand the tragedies of life, and what drives people like my father, a career police officer, to protect us from these horrorsÂ… The death scenes I photograph are approached as an investigator and artist." Each of the photographs included in this body of work depict the scene of a violent, sudden death or the remains of a tragedy, and the stories behind them are drawn from a combination of public and private information, such as police files, autopsy reports, and newspaper articles. Most anecdotes describe the manner and cause of death, as well as the subsequent reaction to the tragedy and the treatment of the site.

Not all subjects are murders, not all are crimes, and some exist more in legend than in documented fact, but all photographs probe a deeper understanding of death and the resulting atmosphere surrounding the area. Some locations are marked in memoriam of the deceased as part of the grieving process. Some have become tourist attractions and national parks. Others show no sign to distinguish them from any other location. As Dan's photographs explore the nature of death and grief, they find a wide variety of responses and lasting impressions.

Overall, the impression of these photographs together suggests the resilience of humanity. Trees continue to grow, loved ones of the deceased move forward with their lives, and the stone markers and white crosses commemorating tragedy tend to fade and crumble.

Dan Snow's original creative interests focused on music. He toured with a heavy metal band for eight years as their lead vocalist, but when he completed an Associate of Applied Science degree for graphic design in 2003, his passion turned towards photography. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in photography in 2009 and received his Master of Fine Arts in 2012. He hopes these photographs will give closure to the survivors of the deceased.

Statement by: Julie Landry

Joplin Missouri 2011

Ambush of Bonnie and Clyde 1934

Abduction & Murder of Police Officer John Hussey 1975

Fatal Crash of Actress Jayne Mansfield 1967

Baker Hospital 1937

Siege of Vicksburg 1863

Car Accident of a High School Crush 1999

Death of John Dillinger 1934

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