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Sleeping Beauty: Memorial Photography in America

Stanley B. Burns

Verlag: Twelvetrees Pr, 1990
ISBN 10: 0942642325 / ISBN 13: 9780942642322
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Titel: Sleeping Beauty: Memorial Photography in ...

Verlag: Twelvetrees Pr

Erscheinungsdatum: 1990

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Inhaltsangabe: Sleeping Beauty is coveted for having played a large role in the rediscovery of the normalcy of postmortem photography. In 1990, Dr. Stanley B. Burns' landmark publication Sleeping Beauty, Memorial in Photography in America, ushered in a new era of appreciation of the importance of these images.  Since the publication of Sleeping Beauty, exhibitions based on the 3-book series of memorial images have been created regularly. Perhaps the most prestigious was   Le Dernier Portrait   at Paris' Musée d'Orsay in 2002. To accompany the exhibit,  Sleeping Beauty II: Grief, Bereavement and the Family, American & European Traditions   was produced. In 2011,  Sleeping Beauty III: Memorial Photography, The Children   was written. Numerous other documentarians and feature filmmakers have utilized these poignant photographs, most notably in   The Others . The Burns Archive serves as the premier source of images related to death, mourning and medial practices.  Postmortem photography is the taking of a photograph of a deceased loved one, and was a normal part of American and European culture in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It has nothing to do with images of violence, crime, or war. Death, and personally dealing with death, was prevalent throughout the entire world as epidemics would come quickly and kill quickly. Advances in medicine removed unexpected death from everyday life and professionals took over. Commissioned by grieving families, postmortem photographs not only helped in the grieving process, but often represented the only visual remembrance of the deceased and were among a family's most precious possessions. Mourning periods were based on family relationships and could last from months to years. Small photographs of the deceased were often carried in lockets or kept close to the body for greater intimacy. As many of the diseases that killed our ancestors were conquered and photography advanced during the century, society grew more and more distant from death, and practices, styles, and traditions of mourning and memorialization changed. The earliest postmortem photographs were often close-ups of the face or full body, at times depicted to appear lifelike or napping. Children were often positioned in a crib, posed with a favorite toy, or with a family member, most often the mother. Later photographs depict the subject in a coffin. Flowers, like forget-me-nots and calla lilies, were common in postmortem photography of all types. Later photographic memorials involve a shrine usually including a living portrait and flowers dedicated to the deceased.

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