Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Supplement: Victorian Headless Portraits


We all know the Victorians did some peculiar things with portrait photography in it’s infancy ( post-mortem and spirit photography, anyone?). Continuing the Victorian photographic fascination with death,  I stumbled upon another interesting  genre of the era – headless photography. Though playful and no doubt hilarious to everyone way back then, I can’t help but think it’s just a tiny bit macabre...








2 comments:

  1. more than just a tiny bit macabre!

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  2. This is the worst one!

    http://www.retronaut.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Headless-Portraits-From-the-19th-Century-1.png

    But it looks fake to me - by that I mean not an actual Victorian photo.

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