The Most Astonishing Expression of Vitality!

Today’s post is about Nadar, the great French photographer and certainly one of the most interesting people I’ve come across. Nadar was born Gaspard-Félix Tournachon in Paris in April of 1820 to middle-class parents. His father was a publisher and bookseller, but not a very successful one. Victor Tournachon went broke in 1833 and died a…

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Dangers of Hypnosis

The last post on memento mori photography was pretty dark, so here is the brighter counterpart! When hypnosis became popular, Victorians were eager to try it but they also saw the humorous potential. These images, circa 1900, warned of the dangers of hypnotism!

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