Photography, Part 7: Spirit Photography

May 27, 2010

William Mumler, Spirit PhotographyFrom 1861 to the 1930s, spirit photography was a phenomena that relates to spiritualism and the social focus upon science. William Mumler’s discovery of a double exposed plate showing a head in the background began a new public awareness in spiritualism that reflected upon a social movement towards science from religion.

Grieving families sought solace in the hope of reuniting with a loved one, and with the advancements in science (such as a move away from creationism to evolution and technical advancement), spiritualism became a reality for some. Though frauds, cartes de visite with the “spirit” in shot are rare and directly related to the concept of mourning.

Further Reading:

> Photography in Jewellery Part 1
> Photography in Jewellery Part 2
> Photography in Jewellery Part 3
> Photography in Jewellery Part 4
> Photography in Jewellery Part 5
> Photography in Jewellery Part 6
> Photography in Jewellery Part 7

4 Responses to “Photography, Part 7: Spirit Photography”

  1. Jane Says:

    There are some great books on this subject. Ghosts in photographs by Fred Gettings although hard to find is one of my favorites.


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