These Photos Show How People Are Dying Around The World

    Stephen Dupont has spent the past two decades photographing the one thing in life that intrigues him the most: death. WARNING: Some viewers may find these images disturbing.

    "Death is either a celebration,
    a dead man’s party,
    or a revelation
    of a person’s legacy."

    That's how Australian photographer Stephen Dupont summarises the one topic he's followed for most of his career. His curiosity about how different cultures around the world view death stems from his exposure to war zones and natural disasters.

    His approach to the topic is forensic. Witnessing genocides and famine-stricken communities has "numbed his brain", he told BuzzFeed. But going deeper into the topic is his way of making sense of everything he's seen.

    "It can’t always be about the suffering of others or man’s cruelty to one another. Through this project, I am looking well beyond the cost of human death, and instead looking inside the world of industrial and environmental death," Dupont said.

    Warning: the photographs below include the remains of deceased people and may be distressing for some readers.

    Varanasi, India

    Kandihar, Afghanistan

    Rukara, Rwanda

    Aceh, Indonesia

    Dili, East Timor

    Tacloban, Philippines

    Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

    Chittagong, Bangladesh

    Gaza Strip

    Dead Vlei and Kolmanskop, Namibia

    Stephen Dupont features in Canon's Tales by Light Season 2, which premieres on the National Geographic Channel on Tuesday, October 25, 2016.