The Spirit Photography Of William Hope

Why do people believe that photographs have the power to capture what we cannot see with our eyes? The Public Domain Review presents a ghastly, ghostly collection from William Hope:

These photographs of ‘spirits’ are taken from an album of photographs unearthed in a Lancashire antiquarian bookshop. They were taken by a controversial medium called William Hope (1863-1933). In about 1905 he became interested in spirit photography after capturing the supposed image of a ghost while photographing a friend. He went on to found the Crewe Circle – a group of six spirit photographers.

By 1922 Hope had moved to London where he became a professional medium. The work of the Crew Circle was investigated on various occasions, exposing Hope as a fraudster. However, many of Hope’s most ardent supporters spoke out on his behalf, the most famous being Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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  • justagirl

    i been carrying my dead baby around all day.  i should have taken more pictures and videos.  i am sad sad sad. 
      :(~

  • justagirl

    i been carrying my dead baby around all day.  i should have taken more pictures and videos.  i am sad sad sad. 
      :(~

  • http://www.digital-photography-tips-tutorial.com/index.html Digital Dave

    In those days people had so little understanding of photography and the way photographs can be manipulated, that I’m not surprised many believed in them. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, still surprises me though.

    The amusing thing is, judging by those photos and others I have seen from the same series, it’s obligatory to wear a shawl over your head in the after-life :D

  • http://www.digital-photography-tips-tutorial.com/index.html Digital Dave

    In those days people had so little understanding of photography and the way photographs can be manipulated, that I’m not surprised many believed in them. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, still surprises me though.

    The amusing thing is, judging by those photos and others I have seen from the same series, it’s obligatory to wear a shawl over your head in the after-life :D

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