Faces of the living dead: the belief in spirit photography

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Miegunyah Press, Jul 1, 2006 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 160 pages
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Photographic portraits with ghost figures, spirit writing and ectoplasm crowding the living subjects were all part of the spirit photography craze that swept the world from the 1870s to the 1930s. Momentous events such as the American Civil War, World War I and the influenza epidemic brought loss of life and grief on a massive scale, and for those who were grieving, spirit photography offered a strong message: the potential to contact lost loved ones. From the collections of The British Library and other major archives in Britain and America, FACES OF THE LIVING DEAD includes work from leading spirit photographers of the time, including William Crookes, Ada Deane, William Mumler and Edward Wyllie, and examines the evolution and popularity of spirit photography. Spirit photographs offer us compelling historical evidence of the power of technology to assist people in coping with the inexplicable and undesirable experiences of modernity.

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