20.10.06

Victorian Post-Mortem Photography

Photographs of a deceased loved one served as substitutes and reminders of the loss. Families who could not afford to commission painted portraits could arrange for a photograph to be taken cheaply and quickly after a death. This was especially important where no photograph already existed. The invention of the Carte de Visite, which enabled multiple prints to be made from a single negative, meant that images could be sent to distant relatives. The deceased was commonly represented as though they were peacefully sleeping rather than dead, although at other times the body was posed to look alive.


[Link via Proceedings of the Athanasius Kircher Society]

4 comments:

b said...

the worst ones are those of twin babies who died during or just after birth. very eerie. they're quite common, apparently because multiple births in those days often led to one or more of the infants dying.

MARGIE said...

Sjoe, dis freaky! Maar baie interessant. :)

Anonymous said...

rillings teen my ruggraat af. ek het nog nooit 'n dooie mens gesien nie, wat nog daarvan om saam met een afgeneem te word.

Alisha said...

Did anyone see tha one with tha 2 black twins? The living twin clearly looks disturbed. Hell, I was disturbed