Cemeteries have lots of admirers. Goths? Yes, obviously. Suburban bands shooting their first EP covers? Yep. The purgatorial souls of your deceased relatives, tethered to Earth for eternity? Yes, 100 percent.
But also other people—the anonymous men and women out there who keep the cemetery book industry afloat, who contribute to this helpful list of the "160 Must-Have Cemetery Books." Scrolling through that very list, it turns out there are a whole load of books about the history of certain graveyards, or photobooks focusing on tombstones and that kind of thing, but none about the good people who keep these places going.
For her new book Friends of the Dead, London-based photographer Jess Kohl filled that gap, meeting various graveyard managers, workers, and volunteers, and taking their portraits. She sent us a few of those photos, which you can see below.
Jess Kohl is a recent Central Saint Martins graduate. You can see her work at her upcoming degree show, at Central Saint Martins in Granary Square, Kings Cross, from June 22 to 26.
Friends of the Dead is limited to 50 copies and available for pre-order through Jess's website.