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William H. Mumler - Father of Spirit Photography

Description: Spirit photography is a type of photography whose primary attempt is to capture images of ghosts and other spiritual entities, especially in ghost hunting and has a strong history dating back to the late 19th century.
In 1861, while alone in a room, the Boston engraver William Mumler took a self-portrait, which after development showed the likeness of another figure. This episode launched what would become known as spirit photography, which lasted in popularity until the 1930s. Mumler later moved from his Washington Street studio to New York City, where he established a successful practice, charging as much as $10 and not guaranteeing results. He was later accused of fraud and brought to trial. Although the case against him was dismissed, it hurt his reputation enough to lead him to destroy most of his negatives.

 

15 Incredible Examples of Early Spirit Photography

15 Incredible Examples of Early Spirit Photography
Examples of spirit photography.

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A Ghostly Image: Spirit Photographs | Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos

A Ghostly Image: Spirit Photographs | Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos
A Ghostly Image: Spirit Photographs. A blog post at "Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos" on 2011-10-31.

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G is for ghosts... the birth and rise of spirit photography | National Media Museum blog

G is for ghosts... the birth and rise of spirit photography | National Media Museum blog
Colin Harding takes a quick peek at the spooky world of photographic ghosts, from the first accidental images to the charlatans of the Crewe Circle.

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Haunting Spirit Photography from the Age Before Photoshop

Haunting Spirit Photography from the Age Before Photoshop
There is nothing new under the sun: the history of the photo editing is almost as old as photography itself. Spirit photography was first widely employed by William H. Mumler in the 1860s, but the earliest pieces were made by Sir David Brewster for h...

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HISTORY OF SPIRIT PHOTOGRAPHY

HISTORY OF SPIRIT PHOTOGRAPHY
The reason that is most given for the lack of widespread acceptance of the credibility of spirit photographs is that the photographs of the past were so riddled with fraud. Strangely though, it is spirit photography that seems to provide the most sci...

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Mumler's Spirit Photos

Mumler's Spirit Photos
A reference guide to hoaxes, pranks, practical jokes, frauds, tricks, and other forms of deception.

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Of Spooks, Proofs, and Truths: Reflections on the Mumler Spirit Photograph Case - YouTube

Of Spooks, Proofs, and Truths: Reflections on the Mumler Spirit Photograph Case - YouTube
Louis Kaplan, Chair, Department of Visual Studies, and Professor of History and Theory of Photography and New Media at the University of Toronto, outlines the trail of William H. Mumler

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Part 1 - The Birth Of Spirit Photography

Part 1 - The Birth Of Spirit Photography
Part 1 of a 7 part series about spirit photography.

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Part 2 - Leaving Boston

Part 2 - Leaving Boston
Part 2 of a 7 part series about spirit photography.

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Part 3 - New York City

Part 3 - New York City
Part 3 of a 7 part series about spirit photography.

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Part 4 - The Arrest and Trial

Part 4 - The Arrest and Trial
Part 4 of a 7 part series about spirit photography.

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Part 5 - Witnesses for the Prosecution

Part 5 - Witnesses for the Prosecution
Part 5 of a 7 part series about spirit photography.

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Part 6 - The Descision

Part 6 - The Descision
Part 6 of a 7 part series about spirit photography.

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Part 7 - Return to Boston

Part 7 - Return to Boston
Part 7 of a 7 part series about spirit photography.

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Spirit Photography

Spirit Photography
Information explaining spirit photography.

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Spirit Photography Defined

Spirit Photography Defined
In spirit photography, deceased people mysteriously appear in photographs. At the time the pictures are taken, supposedly, there's no evidence of the spirit. Many famous photographs appear to show spirits who reside in locations, usually homes. In ot...

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The Birth and Death of Spirit Photography

The Birth and Death of Spirit Photography
On this tour, we going to go back to 1861. Here we see Mr. William Mumler working as a jewelry engraver in Boston. He leaves his post for the day and goes home for dinner. After dinner is over, he enters his make shift studio where he dabbles abou...

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The Ghost and Mr. Mumler

The Ghost and Mr. Mumler
The well-known photograph of Mary Todd Lincoln with her husband's 'ghost' behind her was only one of many hoaxes perpetuated by photographer William Mumler.

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The Mumler Mystery: A Gallery ofSpirit Photography from The American Museum of Photography

The Mumler Mystery:  A Gallery ofSpirit Photography from The American Museum of Photography
Spiritualism in America--and more specifically, spirit photography-- was taken to court in New York City in 1869. The case: a preliminary hearing for William H. Mumler, who was charged with fraud for selling photographs that he claimed included image...

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The Strange Case of William Mumler, Spirit Photographer - Louis Kaplan - Google Books

The Strange Case of William Mumler, Spirit Photographer - Louis Kaplan - Google Books
In the 1860s, William Mumler photographed ghostse"or so he claimed. Faint imagesof the dearly departed lurked in the background with the living, like his well-known photo of the recently assassinated Abraham Lincoln comforting Mary Todd. The practice...

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The Strange Case of William Mumler, Spirit Photographer University of Minnesota Press

The Strange Case of William Mumler, Spirit Photographer  University of Minnesota Press
The story of the birth of spirit photography and the controversy surrounding its discovery.

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When Cameras Took Pictures of Ghosts - Megan Garber - The Atlantic

When Cameras Took Pictures of Ghosts - Megan Garber - The Atlantic
When photography was new, people used it to suggest the endurance of the departed.

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William H. Mumler and Spirit Photography

William H. Mumler and Spirit Photography
Pinterest Board - 1 : William H. Mumler was the photographer that started the sprit photography craze. This board shows examples of some of Mumler's Spirit Photography.

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William H. Mumler and Spirit Photography - 2

William H. Mumler and Spirit Photography - 2
Pinterest Board - 2: Examples of Spirit Photography, a trend that was invited by William H. Mumler where spirits would magically appear in photographs.

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William H. Mumler, Spirit Photographs, Amazed Audiences With Ghostly Images

William H. Mumler, Spirit Photographs, Amazed Audiences With Ghostly Images
If you look closely at these photos -- and even if you don't -- there's more than a ghost of a chance that you might see what looks like spirits or apparitions. The paranormal pics are the work of William H. Mumler, a mid-1800s engraver in Boston who...

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