In April of 1955, "Life" magazine commissioned photographer Dennis Stock to do a "visual biography” on the life of up-and-coming actor James Dean. As part of the story, it included a trip to his boyhood home of Fairmount, IN.
Dean decided to eerily pose inside of a coffin for a series of shots, at the local department store in Fairmount.
Sadly, this would be the last time Dean ever returned alive to his boyhood home. He died on September 30, 1955, in a car accident, near Paso Robles, CA. He is buried in Park Cemetery in Fairmount.
In 1956, George Stevens, director of Dean’s last and posthumous film "Giant", was forced to address the photos while promoting the film.