Post Mortem & Mourning Photography from the Thanatos Archive
Author: Jacqueline Ann Bunge Barger,Jack Mord
Publisher: Last Gasp of San Francisco
Shares images and ephemera that document the practice of nineteenth-century memorial photography.
Postmortem and Mourning Photography from the Thanatos Archive
Author: Jack Mord
Beyond the Dark Veil is a compilation of 130 images from the collection of The Thanatos Archive documenting the tradition of early postmortem, mourning, and memorial photography dating to the 1840s.
Death and Photography in America
Author: Jay Ruby
Publisher: MIT Press (MA)
Secure the Shadow uses a combination of cultural anthropology and visual analysis to explore the photographic representations of death in the United States from 1840 to the present. It looks at the ways in which people have taken and used photographs of deceased loved ones and their funerals to mitigate the finality of death. Ruby employs newspaper accounts, advertisements, letters, photographers' account books, interviews, and other material to determine why and how photography and death became intertwined in the nineteenth century. He traces this century's struggle between America's public denial of death and a deeply felt private need to use pictures of those we love to mourn their loss.
Author: Ossian Brown,David Lynch,Geoff Cox
Publisher: Random House Uk Ltd
Anonymous Halloween photographs from c.1875–1955—truly haunting Americana, with a foreword by David Lynch The photographs in Haunted Air provide an extraordinary glimpse into the traditions of this macabre festival from ages past, and form an important document of photographic history. These are the pictures of the dead: family portraits, mementos of the treasured, now unrecognizable, other. Torn from album pages, sold piecemeal for pennies and scattered, abandoned to melancholy chance, and the hands of strangers. The roots of Halloween lie in the ancient pre-Christian Celtic festival of Samhain, a feast to mark the death of the old year and the birth of the new. It was believed that on this night the veil separating the worlds of the living and the dead grew thin and ruptured, allowing spirits to pass through and walk unseen but not unheard amongst men. The advent of Christianity saw the pagan festival subsumed in All Souls' Day, when across Europe the dead were mourned and venerated. Children and the poor, often masked or in outlandish costume, wandered the night begging "soul cakes" in exchange for prayers, and fires burned to keep malevolent phantoms at bay. From Europe, the haunted tradition would quickly take root and flourish in the fertile soil of the New World. Feeding hungrily on fresh lore, consuming half-remembered tales of its own shadowy origins and rituals, Halloween was reborn in America. The pumpkin supplanted the carved turnip; costumes grew ever stranger, and celebrants both rural and urban seized gleefully on the festival's intoxicating, lawless spirit. For one wild night, the dead stared into the faces of the living and the living, ghoulishly masked and clad in tattered backwoods baroque, stared back.
memorial photography in America
Author: Stanley B. Burns
Crime and Punishment Photographs from the Burns Archive
Author: Stanley B. Burns,Sara Cleary-Burns
Publisher: Power House Books
Focusing on crime with images derived from the Burn's Archives, this is a photographic history concentrating on the period between 1850 and 1950 when criminals often admitted their crimes and were quickly punished - the development of change in punishments prescribed is documented here in iconic photographs. This compilation gives readers a forensic view, offering entire series of images used by detectives or that reveal the evolving standards of the US criminal justice system from water torture to work camps. This evidence is a call for justice and resource for historians.
The Dead Among Us
Author: Paul Koudounaris
Category: Social Science
Combines engaging text and striking photography in a survey of cultural memorials that incorporate the bodies of the dead, sharing insights into the traditions and festivals of more than 30 countries. By the author of The Empire of Death.
A Graveside Companion
Author: Joanna Ebenstein
Category: Social Science
The ultimate death compendium, featuring the world's most extraordinary artistic objects concerned with mortality, together with text by expert contributors
A Homicide Detective's Scrapbook
Author: Sean Tejaratchi,Dunn Katherine
Publisher: Feral House
Category: Social Science
The strange and gruesome crime-scene snapshot collection of LAPD detective Jack Huddleston spans Southern California in its noir heyday. Death Scenes is the noted forerunner of several copycat titles.
A Picture Album
Author: Wellcome Collection
Publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag
Death the friend, Death the enemy ; violent death, gentle death, deathly warnings ; deaths to contemplate dand deaths to commemorate...
Author: Kiyotaka Tsurisaki
Death is the first major retrospective of the work of Japanese photographer Tsurisaki Kiyotaka, whose images of death and conflict from global 'hot-spots' have earned him a reputation as a leading underground photographer. This deluxe, full-sized book contains over 100 full-colour images shot between 1994 and 2011, culminating with poignant scenes of death and destruction from the recent Fukushima disaster in Japan. Also included is a new introduction by Tsurisaki, in which he provides an overview of his career to date. IMAGES OF DEATH : STRICTLY ADULTS ONLY.
Photography and the Occult
Author: Clément Chéroux
Publisher: Yale University Press
The mesmerizing photographic history of occult phenomena, from levitations and apparitions to spectres, ghosts, and auras.
Historic Medical Photographs
Author: Laura Lindgren
A lavishly illustrated collection of historical medical photographs from the archives of the renowned Philadelphia museum focuses on rare and unseen pieces taken as physician records between the 1860s and 1940s.
Collections of the Uncommon and the Bizarre
Author: Paul Gambino
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
Morbid Curiosities is an insight into the strange world of collectors of the macabre. Centred on 15 collections, with extensive interviews with each collector and specially shot imagery detailing their objects, this is a fascinating showcase of bizarre and intriguing objects. Included are collections of skulls, mummified body parts, occultic objects, and various carnival, side-show and criminal ephemera. Detailed captions tell the curious stories behind each object, many of which are being shown outside the private world of their collections for the first time. Included are collections of skulls, mummified body parts, occultic objects, and various carnival, side-show and criminal ephemera. Detailed captions tell the curious stories behind each object, many of which are being shown outside the private world of their collections for the first time.
Author: James Stevens Curl
Publisher: Sutton Pub Limited
Category: Social Science
Professor Curl has fashioned an absorbing, lucid and entertaining book describing the Victorian response to the only certainty in life--death. It includes disposal of the dead, landscaped cemeteries funerals and more.
Weird and Wonderful Post-Mortem Fairy Tales
Publisher: Lannoo Publishers
Artistic duo Mothmeister have created a place they call "Wounderland". It is a land in which grotesque creatures, in fascinating yet disturbing masks, stare out from barren wastelands, usually accompanied by mounted and stuffed animals. Unconventional and enchanting, the fairytale world of Mothmeister is at once reminiscent of a bygone age, while subtly criticising today's ever-present 'selfie' culture, and the beauty standards imposed by the media. Superlative and unique, the works of Mothmeister are celebrated and revered in this stunning book. AUTHOR: Mothmeister is the ever-changing alter ego of two artistic soulmates and passionate taxidermy enthusiasts. SELLING POINTS: * A stunning, surreal collections of works, celebrating Mothmeister, a taxidermy-obsessed artistic duo * Mothmeister boasts over 130,000 followers on Instagram and has participated in several international exhibitions * Countless eccentric portraits, as well as a unique glimpse behind the mask 240 colour, 30 b/w images
New York, 1910-1920
Author: Wilfried Kaute
When night falls on New York, the shadows are everywhere and death wears many faces. How the victims leave their bodies is deeply personal, but the witnesses to their death and the factors that brought it about belong to the public world—a somber world which is encapsulated in this gruesome survey of crime and violence in the 1910s. Parts of the city that are today among its trendiest neighborhoods were once the battlegrounds of evil forces, which left their mark in unforgettable ways. Here, newspaper clippings, police reports and testimonies are placed alongside the scenes that they describe, fleshing them out and giving life to the departed. Complete with an introduction from German actor and writer Joe Bausch, this book is a must for anyone who has ever anxiously imagined how dark an activity like dying can be—and isn’t that everyone?
The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses
Author: Bess Lovejoy
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Biography & Autobiography
A “marvelously macabre” (Kirkus Reviews) history of the bizarre afterlives of corpses of the celebrated and notorious dead. For some of the most influential figures in history, death marked the start of a new adventure. The famous deceased have been stolen, burned, sold, pickled, frozen, stuffed, impersonated, and even filed away in a lawyer’s office. Their fingers, teeth, toes, arms, legs, skulls, hearts, lungs, and nether regions have embarked on voyages that crisscross the globe and stretch the imagination. Counterfeiters tried to steal Lincoln’s corpse. Einstein’s brain went on a cross-country road trip. And after Lord Horatio Nelson perished at Trafalgar, his sailors submerged him in brandy—which they drank. From Alexander the Great to Elvis Presley, and from Beethoven to Dorothy Parker, Rest in Pieces connects the lives of the famous dead to the hilarious and horrifying adventures of their corpses, and traces the evolution of cultural attitudes toward death.
Author: Audrey Linkman
Publisher: Reaktion Books
The idea of photographing the dead is as old as photography itself. For the most part, early death photographs were commissioned or taken by relatives of the deceased and preserved in the home as part of the family collection. Once thought inappropriate and macabre, today these photographs are considered to have a beneficial role in bereavement therapy. Photography and Death reveals the beauty and significance of such images, formerly dismissed as disturbing or grotesque, and places them within the context of changing cultural attitudes towards death and loss. Excluding images of death through war, violence, or natural disasters, Audrey Linkman concentrates on photographs of natural deaths within the family. She identifies the range of death-related photographs that have been produced in both Europe and North America since the 1840s and charts changes in their treatment through the decades. Photography and Death will interest photo, art, and social historians and practitioners in the field of bereavement therapy, as well as those who wish to better understand the images of long-lost ancestors who gaze back from the pages of family albums.
Author: Maureen DeLorme
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
Category: Antiques & Collectibles
Details decorative art created to memorialize and commemorate death from the 1600s through World War I. Outstanding examples of mourning jewelry, portrait miniatures, pottery and glassware, paintings and sculpture, posthumous photographs, hair-work memorials, and more. Includes background information on mourning practices, current values, glossary, and bibliography. An excellent resource for Victoriana, Georgian and Victorian memorial arts, and antique jewelry.