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Tsurisaki Kiyotaka – Orozco el Embalsamador aka Orozco the Embalmer


Bogota, Colombia. Orozco is the oldest embalmer for the “Institute for Legal Medicine” where he has been working for more than 40 years. He survived the so called “La Violencia” – the age of internal disturbances in the 50’s. He embalms five to ten bodies a day. He has embalmed over 50 000 bodies in his lifetime.

Attracted to Colombia, the land of love and violence, corpse photographer Tsurisaki Kiyotaka is led to the most dangerous area called ‘El Cartucho’ in Bogota where public order is the worst in the world.
There he met an old veteran embalmer, Froilan Orozco, in the neighborhood of “rue morgue”. It was not surprising that Tsurisaki became interested in the profession and deeply impressed by the fact that as an embalmer Orozco could continue mourning for countless victims of violence and bloody history in Colombia.

Is it social or bizarre? Is it beauty or bad taste? It’s all up to you to judge what it is.


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