I Must Be Dead: Vibrant and Surreal Portrait Photography

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I Must Be Dead (McKay Jaffe) is a Phoenix-based photographer creating mind-blowing portraits of unusual characters. Using body paint and makeup, he and the subjects construct scenes of fantasy and nightmare, invoking conflicting feelings of sensuality, intrigue, and unease. Subversive by nature—for example, Jaffe views being human as a “program,” wherein people are “designed to act and feel relative to the life [they] are given”—his portraits are experiments in identity, each bold face showing us the power and creativity that lies outside the boundaries of normalcy.

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