Photography and Spirit – John Harvey

An exploration of the world of spirit photography.


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London: Reaktion Books, 2007. Soft Cover, 176 pages. New.

Can spirits be captured on film? Ever since Victorian times there have appeared photographs which apparently show spirits and ghosts, but are they hoaxes or irrefutable proof of a world beyond?

In this fascinating work, John Harvey explores images of spirits from the 1860s to the present-day, taking in both images of spirit mediums, famous cases such as the Cottingley Fairies, and attempts to capture the human aura on film. Lavishly illustrated with over 80 colour and monochrome pictures, this enthralling book explores the intersection between technology and the spirit realm. A fascinating book for anyone interested in Spiritualism, photography and the limits of the human imagination.

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