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Book Title: Faces Of The Living Dead: The Belief In Spirit Photography|
The author of the book: Martyn Jolly
Edition: British Library
Date of issue: February 1st 2008
ISBN 13: 9780712348997
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 486 KB
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Reader ratings: 3.1
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This was such an interesting and fun read! Worth it alone for the photos. It's amusing to think of anyone believing them to be examples of real ghosts. They are so clearly fake to modern eyes. Back then however photography was in its infancy and many people were afraid of the process itself let alone what the end result showed. Though clear how they faked such photos now, it was very clever at the time.
I believe in ghosts but there are none within this book and although it can be seen as cruel, making money off of other's sorrow, I lean towards finding the happier side of things. Many people took so much comfort from these photos and from seances it can't be seen as a completely horrid thing. Perhaps in their hearts they knew but only wanted a token to keep the shadows of grief away? We all hold onto such tokens, whether they be real or fake.
One thing is certain though, it would have been amazing and fascinating to have been around in spiritualism's golden years!
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Read information about the authorDr Martyn Jolly is an artist and a writer. He completed his PhD on fake photographs and photographic affect at the University of Sydney in 2003.His book Faces of the Living Dead: The Belief in Spirit Photography was published in the UK, US and Australia in 2006. His work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria. In 2006 he was one of three artists commissioned to design and build the Act Bushfire Memorial.