Man with 'spirit' of his second wife

Made:
1923-05-06 in England
maker:
William Hope
Man with 'spirit' of his deceased second wife
      A photograph of a man, taken by William Hope (1863-1933) in 1923

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Man with 'spirit' of his deceased second wife A photograph of a man, taken by William Hope (1863-1933) in 1923
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A photograph of a man, taken by William Hope in 1923. A woman's face appears in 'misty' drapes around the man. He was asked to sit for a photograph by a voice heard at a seance held on 6 May 1923. This man had also identified the 'spirit' of his deceased first wife in an earlier photograph. He now identified this 'spirit' as his deceased second wife.

A photograph of a man, taken by William Hope in 1923.

A woman's face appears in 'misty' drapes around the man. He was asked to sit for a photograph by a voice heard at a seance held on 6 May 1923.

This man had also identified the 'spirit' of his deceased first wife in an earlier photograph. He now identified this 'spirit' as his deceased second wife. 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:
2002-5054/3
type:
photograph
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
The National Media Museum, Bradford