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Dead Sexy: Full Exposure wants to know, Who Killed Amanda Palmer?
Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 at 12:16 pm
posted by carolyn huckabay

In this week's Full Exposure John Vettese chatted with West Philly photographer Kyle Cassidy, who shot gorgeous post-mortem-posed shots of the Dresden Dolls' Amanda Palmer for coffee-table masterpiece Who Killed Amanda Palmer? (The photos were originally intended to accompany liner notes to Palmer's album, but they ended up with enough material for a book.)

Sez Vettese:

The plan was initially a 16-page CD booklet where photographs of the singer dead are infused with "clues" as to the perpetrator (hence the unsubtle, if charming, nod to Twin Peaks). Palmer's label, Roadrunner Records, shot down the idea, but by this point graphic novelist Neil Gaiman (of Sandman fame) was already on board to write liner notes. Their solution: Screw the label — make it a full book, independent of the album.

The project ballooned to involve a range of photographers, from casual Palmer fans to notables such as Tegan Quin from Tegan and Sara. But the lion's share of the book's images were taken by either Cassidy or Palmer's assistant, Beth Hommel, during a shoot in Boston last year. The team was pressed for time, since Gaiman had only a week to spare, necessitating many long days and costume changes.
We're instantly charmed by Palmer's willingness to play dead — in the series she face-plants into a blue-plate special, shoves a clarinet down her throat and submerges herself in Walden Pond.

Each image is accompanied by a Gaiman-penned story; for Typewriter (right), Gaiman imagines a romantic scene gone horribly wrong:

A couple has just circumnavigated the globe in a hot air balloon so the husband can write his 500-page novel. Upon completion, the wife insults his pursuit as futile. An argument ensues and the typewriter is tossed over the side, falling to the ground and the singer below.