Skeleton in the Closet Book Released

Skeleton in the Closet Book Front Cover


Artist Fritz Liedtke’s new book Skeleton in the Closet culminates an 8-year project
telling the stories of people struggling with anorexia and bulimia.

Portland, Oregon (October 22, 2013)— Artist and photographer Fritz Liedtke has published his new book, Skeleton in the Closet: Eating Disordered Lives, culminating eight years of listening to and photographing women and men with eating disorders, and shedding light on this secretive world.

In a society saturated with shallow, narrow definitions of beauty, eating disorders are an increasingly prevalent trend.  According to the National Eating Disorder Association, “In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life….”

Movie stars, magazines, fad diets, internet porn, fashion models, MTV…the pressure to look thin and to be successful is an oppressive force that is difficult to resist.   In lives that are spinning out of control, controlling what you eat can feel powerful—as can keeping it a secret.

Skeleton in the Closet’s intimate portraits of women and men struggling with the secrets of anorexia and bulimia is both fine art monograph and memoir. Through compelling photographs and personal stories, it reveals a first-person look inside the minds of those who live with and try to leave behind an eating disorder.

Artist Fritz Liedtke—who relates the story of his own struggle with anorexia in his introduction—has created an award-winning series that includes women and men of all ages and ethnicities.  The book is prefaced with an essay by award-winning novelist Gina Ochsner, and offers insight and hope to anyone wanting to better understand eating disorders and the challenge of overcoming addiction.

Fritz Liedtke is a professional photographer and artist, whose award-winning work is regularly featured in magazines, and collected in to museum collections.  His most recent book, Astra Velum, was published in 2012. Gina Ochsner’s novels and short stories have won the Flannery O’Connor Award and The Oregon Book Award, received NEA and Guggenheim grants, and been published in The New Yorker, Glimmertrain, and The Kenyon Review.

Skeleton in the Closet is available at, Barnes and Noble, and other fine booksellers.

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For more information, images, or to schedule an interview, contact:
Fritz Liedtke at or (503) 267-5078.