Phantoms and Frauds

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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.

    http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/odd-wisconsin-the-nashotah-ghost/article_24de0776-81c5-5fe2-acd3-9acfb6cc099b.html

  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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