Crowds flock around a
plastinated human skeleton
displaying bones, joints,
and ligaments at anatomist
Gunther von Hagens’ ‘Body
Worlds’ show in Mannheim,
Germany. The exhibition drew
700 000 visitors in four
months. For the first time in
Europe, anatomy preparations
of real human bodies were
shown to a greater public.


>> In 1998, World Press Photo
awarded me the 2nd prize
in the Science and Technology
category for this photograph.
I think it is an apt allegory
to the transience of life:
Death alone is everlasting.
In His face we are but fleeting
spectres. He can but smirk
at all our futile struggles.