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A clergyman and 'two spirits', 5 April 1920.

Hope, William

A clergyman and 'two spirits', 5 April 1920.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm


A photograph of a clergyman, taken by William Hope (1863-1933). The clergyman and his wife had attended a seance at which a voice was heard, claiming to be their stillborn daughter - whom the 'spirit people' had named Rose. The voice asked them to sit for a psychic photograph, telling them she would try to appear in it. 'Rose' is not clearly apparent in the image. The image of the man was identified as the long-deceased father of the clergyman. Hope may have asked the clergyman to bring a photograph of his father, under the pretence of using the image to contact the spirit world. Hope used multiple exposure techniques to render the appearance of ghostly apparitions. Although his deception was publicly exposed by a private investigator in 1922, he continued to practice.

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