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The DASH Exhibit

Photographer David Matterhorn captures the lives of icons, immortalized in gravestone dashes

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Charles Bukowski

Words and Photo by David Matterhorn

"I went to Paris to get this one. It was raining. Felt appropriate." —D.M.

dash exhibition

Words and Photo by David Matterhorn

Jimi Hendrix, 1942-1970

"My idol, and a very long dash, both literally and figuratively. In honor of him it’s the only non-square print I’ve ever made." —D.M.

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Words and Photo by David Matterhorn

Aaliyah, 1979-2001

"The spookiest one of all. I had to come back a second time with Rose, my psychic friend, just to get the camera to work. My assistant was freaked out when everything stopped working. We have a video of that weird day and the ceremony that eventually got the equipment working. Paranormal action!" —D.M.

dash exhibition

Words and Photo by David Matterhorn

Miles Davis, 1926–1991

"Another hero of mine. Mega-everything. The biggest dash I’ve ever seen. Most powerful headstone, too. Buried right next to Duke Ellington. Feels right." —D.M.

dash exhibition

Words and Photo by David Matterhorn

Thelonious Monk, 1917-1982

"This one feels very Monk to me. The color and tone match his sound in my mind." —D.M.

dash exhibition

Words and Photo by David Matterhorn

Harry Houdini, 1874-1926

"The first gravesite where my new camera turned off. It turned on a few miles away …  seriously!" —D.M.

dash exhibition

Words and Photo by David Matterhorn

Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900

"The most beloved site I’ve ever visited. Almost every inch of his huge monument was covered in lipstick and kisses." —D.M.

dash exhibition

Words and Photo by David Matterhorn

Malcolm X, 1925-1965

"Very heavy. He was cremated, but they buried some of his ashes, and he had a dash as a result. My iPhone turned off for two hours after this visit. Spooky." —D.M.

dash exhibition

Words and Photo by David Matterhorn

Eazy-E, 1963-1995

"They wouldn’t tell me where he was buried – too many people were partying at the site. Had to make up a big lie, and found it!" —D.M.

dash exhibition

Words and Photo by David Matterhorn

Charles Bukowski, 1920-1994

"These fists are the actual dash between birth and death. I enjoy when there are symbols. I'll do an entire show of them one day." —D.M.