Snapshot: A Portrait of the Writer of the Most Famous Suicide Note Ever

The photograph of Vladimir Mayakovsky is part of an exhibition of Russian photography at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

"Don’t gossip [about my death]. The deceased hated gossip.” This is perhaps the most famous suicide line ever written. Its author was Vladimir Mayakovsky. His fine face − seen here in a striking close-up, his gaze the outer expression of a penetrating intellect so fierce that the wrinkle between his eyebrows emblazons a tower on his forehead − peers into the camera as though he is...