The human heart endures a lot in a lifetime. Sophisticated imaging can give insight into what it tolerates and what ails it, but the most direct information comes from an autopsy.
Photographer Angela Strassheim spent days at an undisclosed morgue in 2000, capturing the organ moments after its removal. She left with a series of images that show hearts pierced by a gunshot wound, damaged by obesity, affected by cancer and weakened by a drug overdose. In the center is a child’s healthy heart. The photographs are being published here for the first time.