An executed murderer whose body was famously sectioned for the
Visible Human Project has been resurrected in ghostlike form in a new
series of layered photographs.
Project 12:31 reassembles the corpse of Texas killer Joseph Paul Jernigan,
who was put to death by lethal injection in 1993. Jernigan’s body was
documented using computed tomography and magnetic resonance imagery
after his execution, then sliced into 1,871 axial cross-sections, each
about 1 millimeter in thickness. The images from the National Library
of Medicine’s Visible Human Project were then distributed via discs and eventually, the internet.
Each image was created with a combination of night photography and long-exposure photographs of the animation below:
around by an assistant while being photographed in a dark environment.
The resulting images are long-exposure 'light paintings' of the entire
cadaver. Variations in the movement of the computer during each
exposure created differences in the shape of the body throughout the