Beyond the Dark Veil: Post Mortem Photography

By on December 4, 2014

Beyond the Dark veil by The Thanatos Archive

With the rise of photography in the 19th and early 20th centuries, it became a common practice to photograph loved ones after death. Often they were positioned with living family members, appearing to be sleeping or propped up with special stands to seem lifelike.

The Thanatos Archive is home to an extensive collection of post-mortem photos, which they used to assemble this high-quality volume showcasing this macabre practice from a time when death was a normal part of every day life.

Beyond the Dark Veil: Post Mortem & Mourning Photography from The Thanatos Archive also includes newspaper clipping, ads for funeral products, essays from Jack Mord (Thanatos Archive owner), Bess Lovejoy, Marion Peck, Joanna Roche, Joe Smoke, and more.

Beyond the Dark Veil book of post mortem photography from The Thanatos ArchiveBeyond the Dark Veil

Beyond the Dark Veil: Post Mortem and Mourning Photography from The Thanatos Archive is a compilation of more than 120 extraordinary and haunting photographs and related ephemera documenting the practice of death and mourning photography in the Victorian Era and early twentieth century.


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