Joel Peter-Witkin explores death, the strange and macabre in his photographs, he cites his main influence as a car accident he witnessed as a child where a young girl was decapitated. He often used compositions inspired by religious episodes and classical paintings. I particularly like his approach to black and white printing, he would scratch negatives and bleach the print to achieve his distorted look, to reflect on his dark subject matter. Check out more of his amazing work here.