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The Prospect of Immortality (Signed)

Murray Ballard

£35.00

‘Clearly, the freezer is more attractive than the grave' - Robert C.W. Ettinger

In 1962, Robert Ettinger published 'The Prospect of Immortality', the book that gave birth to the idea of ‘cryonics’ – the process of freezing a human body after death in the hope that scientific advances might one day... ​​Read More

‘Clearly, the freezer is more attractive than the grave' - Robert C.W. Ettinger

In 1962, Robert Ettinger published 'The Prospect of Immortality', the book that gave birth to the idea of ‘cryonics’ – the process of freezing a human body after death in the hope that scientific advances might one day restore life. Today there are approximately 200 patients stored permanently in liquid nitrogen worldwide, with a further two thousand people signed up for cryonics after death.

Between 2006 and 2015, photographer Murray Ballard began an extensive photographic investigation of the practice Ettinger inspired. The photographs in the book take the viewer on a journal through the small but dedicated international cryonics community, from the English seaside retirement town of Peacehaven; through the high-tech laboratories of Arizona; to the rudimentary facilities of KrioRus, on the outskirts of Moscow.

The project combines photographs of the technical processes involved, alongside portraits of the people engaged in the quest to overcome the ‘problem of death’. Whilst members of this community have often found themselves ridiculed for their beliefs, Ballard's portraits offer a compassionate and impartial view of those in pursuit of the opportunity to 'drink the wine of centuries unborn'.

Published by GOST
216 x 280 mm
Hardcover
186 pages
Clothbound
1st Edition
April 2016
English
Signed copies
ISBN 978-1-9104010-3-3