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Tie-In Talk: The Haunting History of Spirit Photography
October 19, 2021 @ 6:30 pm EDT
In the wake of the Civil War, many Americans were drawn to spiritualism in the vain hope of connecting with loved ones lost in the war. Capitalizing on the era’s interest in the spirit world, some photographers took advantage of these hopes by claiming to capture the spirits of the deceased in their photographs through clever processing techniques.
But, this wasn’t the only morbid fascination that defined this time period – you’ll also learn about post-mortem photography, “hidden mothers,” memento mori, and lockets stuffed with the hair of deceased loved ones.
Get a chance to connect Echoes of Shadow & Light in the Gallery to a topic right out here in our community!