A wealthy and eccentric philanthropist, Fred Holland Day passionately published small editions of literature by the likes of such authors as Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Oscar Wilde. Taking on photography from the mid-1880s, he decided to undertake a remarkable project: a series depicting scenes of the life of Christ, played by the photographer himself who starved himself, let his beard grow and imported cloth and a cross from Syria for the enterprise. Influenced by the Symbolist movement, Fred Holland Day’s images transformed sacred and historical subjects into mythical and surreal sceneries. From his religious self-portraits to the male nudes clad in flower children-like robes, the American photographer’s artistic choices were seen as strongly controversial. Long before Andres Serrano’s provocative Piss Christ, it is his ethereal Pre-Raphaelite religious interpretations of the self that provoked accusations of immorality.