Haunting Photos Explore A 26-Year-Old's Death From Bulimia

In her work, photographer Laia Abril is no stranger to the destruction inflicted by eating disorders. Four years ago, she embarked on a multi-part project to explore the mental turmoil that those who suffer from these disorders endure. The first part highlighted bulimia; the second shone a light on anorexia and "thinspiration" on the Internet.
Now, in her book The Epilogue, out November 18, Abril turns her lens not on disordered eating itself, but on what can come after. Cammy Robinson was 26 years old when she had a seizure that led to a fatal heart attack; her death was the end point of a years-long struggle with bulimia. In chapter three of The Epilogue, Abril uses her own photography, Robinson family snapshots, and official documents to deconstruct the grieving process of Cammy's family, who worked closely with Abril to create the The Epilogue. The experience of reading the hardcover book is physical as well as emotional: Its pages are inserted and folded intricately, and the reader herself takes apart Cammy's story.
Related: Why Sadness Stays With Us So Long

Click through for nine images from The Epilogue.
Laia Abril, The Epilogue, $37.12, available at Amazon.
For more of Laia Abril's work, visit her website and follow her on Twitter. For more information on eating disorders and to find help and support, visit the National Eating Disorders Association website.

More from Spirit

Watch

R29 Original Series

Watch Now
Documentary
Five love stories behind diverse, multicultural marriages.
Watch Now
Lifestyle
Life experiments, 5 days at a time.
Watch Now
Fashion
The style of subculture.
Watch Now
Beauty
Viral trends, tried and tested.
Watch Now
Documentary
From vibrators to lipstick, learn how your favorite products are made.
Watch Now
Documentary
Extraordinary, one-of-a-kind individuals
Watch Now
Documentary
The latest stories to watch.
Watch Now
Lifestyle
Inside the homes of millennial women — & what they paid for them
Watch Now
Comedy
Let's talk about sex, baby.
Watch Now
Documentary
Female artisans around the world
Watch Now
Politics
Made by and for smart, opinionated women.
Watch Now
Film
We helped 12 female directors claim their power.