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Ghosts in Photographs : The Extraordinary Story of Spirit Photography

Gettings, Fred

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ISBN 10: 0517529300 / ISBN 13: 9780517529300
Published by Harmony Books, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1978
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Shelf wear & small tear on dust jacket. Slight moisture crinkling to tops of pgs. Nice, tight, unmarked copy. "Spirit Photography: the art or practice of producing images upon a photosensitive surface. In some cases, said images are said to resemble the pre-mortem state of those now dead. The forces aiding the appearnce of such images are not understood.". Bookseller Inventory # 015044

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Title: Ghosts in Photographs : The Extraordinary ...

Publisher: Harmony Books, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1978

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Good+

Dust Jacket Condition: Good+

Edition: First Edition.

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Dust jacket notes: "One of the most controversial subjects in occult literature is the history of spirit photography. Ghosts in Photographs, the most authoritative exploration of this area to date, offers insight and direction as internationally published author Fred Gettings discusses spirit photography from its very inception in the mid-nineteenth century. Ghosts in Photographs relates a compelling story. Soon after the art of photography became widespread, images resembling individuals who were dead began to appear on photographic plates--often without the intent or desire of the photographer or laboratory technician. The practice of encouraging these images to appear swept the Western world, and though there were countless attempts to prove spirit photographs fraudulent, the lack of solid evidence one way or another leads us in the modern world to keep the case 'open.' Numerous dramas unfold as we are introduced to the world of spirit photography, and those who lived within it: Mary Todd Lincoln, whose husband's celebrated bouts with psychic phenomena extended from beyond the grave; Andrew Jackson Davis, a leader in the American Spiritualist movement, who helped focus the world's attention on the subject; the Boston engraver William Mumler, who died in great poverty after being persecuted on swindling charges; Mrs. Deane, who began life as a char-lady but became an eminence in occult circles for her photographs; and Katie King, a spirit guide who was perhaps the most endearing of all the subjects captured by the photographic mediums' lenses. Fred Gettings discusses one of this century's most puzzling cases, the Cottingley Fairy photographs....He proves incontestably what no one could have done before: that the photographs are fakes, and offers a complete explanation of how it was done. Ghosts in Photographs includes over 100 striking photographs that will be hard to forget, many never previously published."

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