Henderson's images of the human head have been seen as the culmination of what he referred to as his 'stressed' photographs. These are full of destruction, atrophy
and decay. They have been related to his traumatic experiences during the Second World War (1939-45) and have been seen to be suited to an age of nuclear anxiety.
This work was the centrepiece of a section of the influential This is Tomorrow exhibition (1957), which was likened to 'a shed¿ excavated after an atomic holocaust'.