Phantoms and Frauds



Dear Readers,

Interested in knowing what this picture is all about?

In addition to my usual post this month, I also authored an essay on spirit photography for OUPblog: Oxford University Press’s Academic Insights for the Thinking World. You can find it here. Enjoy!

Please feel free to leave a comment

  1. Andy Bach on October 30, 2013 | Reply

    Our paper just ran an article on an 1842 reburial process that ends with:
    The next day, a photographer captured the burial ceremony. When his picture was developed, it included the image of a long-dead Nashotah president standing over his own grave. His ´╗┐features were plainly recognizable to those who had known him, who all swore that no picture of him had ever been taken while he was alive.

  2. Kate on November 1, 2013 | Reply

    Thanks for letting me know!

  3. Penny on November 12, 2013 | Reply

    I am intrigued by anyone’s belief that a “spirit” could actually show up in a photograph, but the belief in the spirit world is very important to some and there are those who equate that belief with the belief in heaven or some type of after-life. Feeling the presence of someone who has passed on can be very strong and real so, in a way, the belief could follow that loved one could reveal their presence in a photograph. Giving comfort to the living is good, but giving them false hope is just wrong.

  4. Phil on January 5, 2015 | Reply

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