Presented as a photograph and object/installation as part of a group show called Pre-Text in 2902 Gallery (Old School).
The corpse which you see here is that
of M. Bayard, inventor of the process
that has just been shown to you.
As far as I know this indefatigable
experimenter has been occupied for
about three years with his discovery.
The Government which has been only
too generous to Monsieur Daguerre,
has said it can do nothing for Monsieur
Bayard, and the poor wretch has
Oh the vagaries of human life....!
He has been at the morgue for several
days, and no one has recognized or
Ladies and gentlemen, you'd better
pass along for fear of offending your
sense of smell, for as you can observe,
the face and hands of the gentleman
are beginning to decay."