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Spirit Photography Defined

Definition: In spirit photography, deceased people mysteriously appear in photographs. At the time the pictures are taken, supposedly, there's no evidence of the spirit. Many famous photographs appear to show spirits who reside in locations, usually homes. In other photos, spirits are shown to be looming around living people. Perhaps best known is a portrait of Mary Todd Lincoln who is seemingly sitting under the spirit of Abraham Lincoln.

 

In spirit photography, deceased people mysteriously appear in photographs. At the time the pictures are taken, supposedly, there's no evidence of the spirit. Many famous photographs appear to show spirits who reside in locations, usually homes. In other photos, spirits are shown to be looming around living people. Perhaps best known is a portrait of Mary Todd Lincoln who is seemingly sitting under the spirit of Abraham Lincoln.

Spirit photography became popular during the mid-19th century with the introduction of film cameras and the rise of Spiritualism, a movement where practitioners attempted to speak with the dead. This theme remains popular in lots of magic and mentalism.

The Spiritualism era is well known for its seances and mediums who in various ways supposedly communicated with the deceased. Perhaps its best known proponent was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes stories. And perhaps its best known critic was Harry Houdini, who constantly exposed spiritual frauds as he himself attempted to reach his deceased mother.

Critics have long lambasted spirit photographs as proving nothing and cite double-exposures, doctored negatives and darkroom techniques as viable explanations. Some well known photographers of the Spiritualism era were proven to be fakes.

Collections:

William H. Mumler - Father of Spirit Photography

 

Related Categories:

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  external linkSpirit Photography - What is Spirit Photography Wayne Kawamoto

 

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