Review: The Prospect of Immortality

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In The Prospect of Immortality, Murray Ballard explores the international cryonics community and their faceoff with “the problem of death.” In a collection of portraits and chilly scenes of scientific equipment, chemicals, and operating theaters, Ballard traces the activities of those who attempt to stave off the inevitable via what Don DeLillo calls, in his latest novel, a “medical procedure guided by mass delusion, by superstition and arrogance and self-deception.” Ballard, however, does not deprecate the hopes and ambitions of his subjects. Their stories are told on an even keel, as he takes his subjects’ claims at face value. “This is a solidly presented, well-researched project,” says Lesley A. Martin. “It’s a mesmerizing story, told through the combination of historical anecdote, quotes from those involved, and clinically composed, occasionally creepy photographs.”

The PhotoBook Review 0/11 Fall 2016

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