Three people with two spirits

Made:
c. 1920 in England
maker:
William Hope
Three elderly people with two 'spirits'
      A photograph of a man and two women, possibly taken by William Hope (1863-1933) in about 1920

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Three elderly people with two 'spirits' A photograph of a man and two women, possibly taken by William Hope (1863-1933) in about 1920
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A photograph of a man and two women, possibly taken by William Hope in about 1920. Two faces appear around the group - one, an elderly person, and the other that of a younger woman shrouded in a cloak.

A photograph of a man and two women, possibly taken by William Hope in about 1920.

Two faces appear around the group - one, an elderly person, and the other that of a younger woman shrouded in a cloak. William Hope's spirit album photographs use double and triple exposure techniques to render the appearance of ghostly apparitions around the sitter.

Hope's work gained momentum in the aftermath of World War One, a time when many bereaved people were desperate to find evidence of loved ones living beyond the grave. Although his deception was publicly exposed by a private investigator, Harry Price (1881-1948), in 1922, Hope continued to practice.

Details

Category:
Photographs
Object Number:
2002-5054/15
type:
photograph
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
The National Media Museum, Bradford