Ed Snyder


Cemetery Statuary


Holga Images

Contact Information

1501 E. Moyamensing Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19147
tel: 484-620-0419
e-mail: mourningarts@yahoo.com
Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Artist Bio

Ed Snyder has been making photographs since the late 1970s, and began exhibiting them in 1982 through the Phoenix Street Gallery in New York. Since moving to Philadelphia in 1984, he has exhibited his work through such venues as the Jun Gallery, Community Cultural Center/USA Gallery, the Philadelphia Sketch Club, and Plastic Club.

Mr. Snyder is a Biomedical Engineer at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, where he is involved in research, development, and clinical practice of advanced cardio-pulmonary life support for babies. With cemetery photography, then, his interests literally run from the cradle to the grave. The bridge? No matter how disparate medicine and art may appear, there is a connectedness–while they are not considered sciences, there is a precision to each, borne of technology, that is necessary for their success.

Artist Statement

Using film, digital, and toy cameras, I create something out of nothing. The large part of my work, which utilizes cemetery statuary as subject, merges art and photography with society’s desire to come to terms with death and dying. It is an attempt to reacquaint us with Victorian mourning arts. My latest work is a bit lighter –images created with toy cameras. The creative processes of photography have always helped me deal with the world, with personal issues, and even to judge myself. In retrospect, psychiatry would’ve been cheaper. However, I believe that spending time in cemeteries has helped me to prepare myself for the loss of loved ones. Seeing others find meaning in the work is an unexpected gift.


Gothic Creations, New Hope, PA
Member, Photographic Society of Philadelphia

Awards and Honors

Finalist, PhotoImage ‘07, Philadelphia Center for the Photographic Image, Philadelphia, PA

Professional Experience

Contributer, www.photographercoach.com


Thanks For the Memories“, Atlantic City Weekly, August 16, 2007


HIstoric Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA
West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA
Private collections

Selected Exhibitions


Coming to Terms With Death and Dying, Saint Asaph Gallery, Bala Cynwyd, PA

New Orleans Cemetery Angels, Joe’s Coffee Bar, Philadelphia, PA


Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Enter Digital, Off the Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

PhotoImage ‘07, Philadelphia Center for the Photographic Image, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Photo District Gallery, New York , NY
Juried Exhibition

CCC/USA Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition



Images copyright © Ed Snyder

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