Old School Ghost Hunting In Photographs

These eerie vintage photographs were created to reveal “spirits.” In actuality, Victorian-era photographers just used double exposures and darkroom manipulation to mimic paranormal phenomena!

1. “Spirit photography”—a practice that attempts to capture images of ghosts—emerged in the 1860s, coinciding with a rise in spiritualism in the United States.

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2. Because photography was a misunderstood medium at the time, cunning photographers could trick ordinary citizens into believing that they could reveal the spirits around them.

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3. Clients would pay for fraudulent seances or sittings.

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4. And the pictures they got back always had ghosts!

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5. Really, the “spirits” were a result of double exposures, image overlays, and other darkroom techniques.

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