Hocus Focus: Spirit Photography with Morgan Post & Jolene Lupo - October 27-28, 2018


Hocus Focus: Spirit Photography with Morgan Post & Jolene Lupo - October 27-28, 2018

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October 27-28, 2018

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM


The beginning of the modern spiritualist movement dates to 1848 at the farmhouse in upstate New York of John Fox, his wife and two young daughters. The purported supernatural occurrences at the house and the ensuing fame of the ‘Fox Sisters’ ushered in a movement to last over 75 years. It was during this era that ‘spirit photography’ thrived as cultural phenomena.

The question of authenticity in photographs is one that we ponder and explore. From period images showing ‘dearly departed’ relatives and friends as ghostly apparitions to images created today and manipulated through digital technology.

This workshop is a ‘hands on’ attempt, using the wet plate process, to recreate some of the methods used to create spirit photographs during its time as cultural phenomena. We will look at the history, social context, and methodology and armchair psychology behind this compelling phenomenon. It is recommended that participants bring photographs and negatives of deceased family or friends.

MORGAN POST has been a large format wet plate photographer and educator for the past seven years. Post holds a MFA degree from Utah State University, a BFA degree from the School Of Visual Arts, and an Associates Degree from Maine Media Workshops. He has worked extensively as a fine art and commercial photographer & digital artist in both Los Angeles and New York. He is currently teaching at Long Island University Brooklyn, Penumbra Foundation and Fairfield University. morganpoststudio.com

JOLENE LUPO is the Manager of Penumbra Tintype Studio. After receiving her BFA in Photography at the Fashion Institute of Technology, she went on to practice historic photographic processes. Her work can be described as investigative, focusing on points of intersection between life, death, memory and loss.

Image © Jolene Lupo