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An artist casts an unshakable look at her own hysterectomy

Elinor Carucci just woke up after a major operation when her husband Eran whispered softly, "We have to take the picture now." Prior to her hysterectomy, Carucci had convinced the hospital to have her own uterus documented after surgery. But time was short. The surgeon hurried to the bed with a plastic bucket, removed the organ, and laid it red and shiny on a blue-clothed table. Carucci staggered with anesthetic-induced nausea and summoned all her mental strength to take a couple of shots – Click, Click, Click – before falling back into unconsciousness.

was taken after Carucci's hysterectomy in 2015. Photo: Elinor Carucci

One-third of American women suffer hysterectomies, most in their forties, like Carucci. But only a few see their disembodied uterus, and even more so they photograph them. The picture appears like a blow to the center of Carucci's new book Midlife of an unshakable exploration of the Middle Ages and the physical loss that was not easy to do.

Body up close, look at my uterus for the first time and part of it was harmful, "says Carucci." It was really hard for me to see. "

Midlife contains photographs of abstract red paintings that Carrucci began to paint with her own blood in 2012. She calls red "the color of an angry loss I feel." Photo: Elinor Carucci

Carucci – an Israeli – American photographer whose award-winning editorial work has appeared in WIRED – is not one who closes her eyes, like photographers Nan Goldin and Sally Mann, she often resorts to the camera when others take her off – her parents' divorce, her marital infidelity and other family dramas flowed into their earlier autobiographical works.The last mother (2013) recorded the birth of her twins and early motherhood – a deep one but intense season, in which the skin stretched, breasts sagged and other changes occurred.

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