February 28 – April 11, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010, 2:00 pm
The Strange Case of William Mumler, Spirit Photographer
Location: Swift Hall, Room 106,1025 East 58th Street (on the Main Quadrangle of the University, directly east of Cobb Hall).
Louis Kaplan is Director of the Institute of Communication and Culture and Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. As Kaplan?s case study of William Mumler shows, faith in the truth-telling abilities of photography has always been accompanied by skepticism about the objectivity of the photographer. Beginning in the early 1860s, Mumler became famous in Boston and New York for taking ?spirit photographs? in which ghostly images of departed family members or friends appear in portraits of living subjects.