Spiritualism, Photography and the Search for Ectoplasm

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Quote:In this talk delivered online for the Science Museum, London, award-winning photographer and 'Media of Mediumship' collaborator Shannon Taggart discusses the history of spirit photography and its influence on her own documentary work with the Lily Dale Spiritualist Assembly, recently published in her Fulgur Press book Séance. An artist based in St. Paul, MN, Taggart’s photographs explore the intersection between photography, and the representation of belief. Her work has been exhibited and featured internationally, including within the publications TIME, New York Times Magazine, Discover, and Newsweek. It has been recognized by Nikon, Magnum Photos and the Inge Morath Foundation, American Photography and the Alexia Foundation for World Peace. Taggart’s monograph, SÉANCE, was listed as one of TIME magazine’s ‘Best Photobooks of 2019.

Taggart is introduced and joined for the Q&A by 'Media of Mediumship' project leader Professor Christine Ferguson. For more information, and to view our full programme of events, visit https://mediaofmediumship.stir.ac.uk.
'Historically, we may regard materialism as a system of dogma set up to combat orthodox dogma...Accordingly we find that, as ancient orthodoxies disintegrate, materialism more and more gives way to scepticism.'

- Bertrand Russell

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