Man with 'spirit face' appearing, c 1920.

Hope, William

 
Man with 'spirit face' appearing, c 1920.
4 0 c m
 
27cm
actual image size: 19cm x 32cm

Description

A photograph of a man, taken by William Hope (1863-1933). A male face appears on its side above the sitter's head. Hope's spirit album photographs use multiple exposure techniques to render the appearance of ghostly apparitions. Hope founded the spiritualist society known as the Crewe Circle and his work was popular after World War One 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 in 1922, he continued to practice.

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10451224

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