Victorian Spirit Photographs

Allison Meier

When?
Monday, July 3 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

40-42 Chalk Farm Road
Camden
London NW1 8BG

Who?
Allison Meier

What's the talk about?

Can a camera capture ghosts? Almost since photography's 19th century beginnings, some have believed the medium could visualize the spirit world. The technology was developed at a time when the practice of Spiritualism, which spawned seances in the United States and England, was high, and death was equally present, with the American Civil War and cholera epidemics in London.

Spirit photography used photo manipulation to manifest the departed in daguerreotypes in the 19th century, yet even into 2017 the interest in photographs of ghosts remains, haunting click bait articles in publications like the Daily Mail and ghost hunting TV shows. What does this mean about our connection to the photographic gaze, and our beliefs about the afterlife? 

 

Allison C. Meier is a staff writer at Hyperallergic, a New York-based arts publication, and previously served as senior editor at Atlas Obscura. Her byline has appeared in the New York Times, Mental Floss, CityLab, Narratively, Art Desk, and other publications that are open to articles on great trees and forgotten history. She moonlights as a cemetery tour guide in illustrious burial grounds around New York City. 

 

She has very kindly agreed to give us a talk while she is on holiday in the UK. 

£3 to cover expenses

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DON'T MEET IN AUGUST. WE’LL BE BACK ON SEPTEMBER 4 WITH CARLA VALENTINE