Ship of Death 2001, So They Sank Her! 2001, and The Sinking of the SS Plympton 2001

The three photographs belong to a portfolio of twenty black and white photogravures with etching collectively entitled The Russian Ending, by Tacita Dean. Each image is derived from a postcard collected by Dean in her visits to European flea markets. Most of the images depict accidents and disasters, both man-made and natural. Superimposed on each image are white handwritten notes in the style of film directions with instructions for lighting, sound and camera movements, suggesting that the each picture is the working note for a film.