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Joe Thomas and unidentified 'spirit', c 1920.

Hope, William

Joe Thomas and unidentified 'spirit', c 1920.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 20cm x 32cm


A photograph of the Welsh medium Joe Thomas, taken by William Hope (1863-1933). The shrouded woman's face appearing in the photograph was not identified by Thomas - but it may indicate some form of collaboration between him and Hope. 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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