Will Thomas with an unidentified 'spirit'

Made:
c. 1920 in England
maker:
William Hope
Will Thomas with an unidentified 'spirit'
      A photograph of Will Thomas, taken by William Hope (1863-1933) in about 1920

Buy this image as a print 

Buy

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

License

Will Thomas with an unidentified 'spirit' A photograph of Will Thomas, taken by William Hope (1863-1933) in about 1920
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

A photograph of Will Thomas, taken by William Hope (1863-1933) in about 1920. A man's face appears in a haze of drapery on the right of the photograph. Thomas, a medium from Wales, did not recognise the superimposed image.

A photograph of Will Thomas, taken by William Hope (1863-1933) in about 1920.

A man's face appears in a haze of drapery on the right of the photograph. Thomas, a medium from Wales, did not recognise the superimposed image. 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:
2002-5054/4
type:
photograph
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
The National Media Museum, Bradford