Man with signs of a presence

Made:
c. 1920 in England
maker:
William Hope
Man with signs of 'spirit presence'
      A portrait photograph of a man, possibly taken by William Hope (1863-1933) in about 1920

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Man with signs of 'spirit presence' A portrait photograph of a man, possibly taken by William Hope (1863-1933) in about 1920
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A portrait photograph of a man, possibly taken by William Hope in about 1920. Swirls of light appear to surround the sitter.

A portrait photograph of a man, possibly taken by William Hope in about 1920.

Swirls of light appear to surround the sitter. 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:
2002-5054/19
type:
photograph
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
The National Media Museum, Bradford