The Strange Case of William Mumler, Spirit Photographer

  • Sun, Mar 7, 2010
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    Swift Hall

    Louis Kaplan is Director of the Institute of Communication and Culture and Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. As Kaplan’s case study of William Mumler shows, faith in the truth-telling abilities of photography has always been accompanied by skepticism about the objectivity of the photographer. Beginning in the early 1860s, Mumler became famous in Boston and New York for taking “spirit photographs” in which ghostly images of departed family members or friends appear in portraits of living subjects.