For the 58th straight time, a mysterious Poe toaster left an enigmatic tribute at the grave of Edgar Allan Poe this morning, the most faithful viewer of the event said …
Starting in 1949, a frail figure made the visit to Poe’s grave. In 1993 the original visitor left a cryptic note saying, “The torch will be passed.” A later note said the man, who apparently died in 1998, had handed the tradition on to his sons.
Poe, who wrote poems and horror stories such as “The Raven” and “The Tell-Tale Heart,” was born in Boston and raised in Richmond, Va. He died Oct. 7, 1849, in Baltimore at the age of 40 after collapsing in a tavern.
Taryn Simon documents spaces that are integral to Amerian’s foundation, mythology and daily functioning, but remain inaccessible or unknown to a public audience. She has photographed rarely seen sites from domains including: science, government, medicine, entertainment, nature, security and religion. Photographed with a large format view camera (except where prohibited), Simon’s 70 color plates form a seductive collection that reflects and reveals a national identity.