Murray Ballard - The Prospect of Immortality
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.
Half a century later, between 2006 and 2015, Murray Ballard has undertaken an extensive photographic investigation of the practice Ettinger inspired. Ballard’s photographic book of the same name takes the viewer on a journey 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. Worldwide there are approximately 200 patients stored permanently in liquid nitrogen, with a further two thousand people signed up for cryonics after death.
- Murray Ballard
- Published by GOST: ISBN 978-1-910401-03-3
- 80 colour photographs and 39 archive photographs 216mm x 280mm (portrait)
- Hardback clothbound - 186 pages