First published 1911, this edition 2018, 331 pages, 90 mono and 4 colour pictures, paperback.
In this book James Coates publishes the most exhaustive investigation of, what is probably, the rarest type of mediumship—Spirit Photography.
Although first published in 1911, there were very few photographic mediums that followed; William Hope being the most notable.
This book explores the history of the subject, right from the earliest days of photography and Spiritualism. It includes 90 photographs from the original book, and 4 colour plates added by the current publisher.
Not only does Coates investigate spirit photography, but also Psychographs. This is the production of images without the use of a camera or light. This book also includes an investigation of the Precipitated Paintings of the Bangs sisters.
Can Coates give us ideas on how to resurrect photographic mediumship in the digital age? I do not know; however, this book certainly encourages us to try.
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