Sunday, August 30, 2009
Post-Mortem and Memorial Photography on Metafilter and Beyond
I just stumbled upon a delightful post on the topic of Memorial Photography on Metafilter. The post links to several websites, my favorite of which is the Flickr collection of "Jack Mord," the man behind The Thanatos Archive, which, by an odd coincidence, I just became a member of yesterday on the recommendation of John Troyer of Death Reference Desk; so far, it seems well-worth the $25 yearly fee. The Thanatos Archive, in the words of the homepage, is a repository for "an extensive collection of vintage post mortem and mourning photos dating back to the mid-1800s" while also being an online-community for collectors and enthusiasts. Highly recommended.
Click here to visit the Metafilter post. Bottom four images from from Jack Mord's Flickr set, which you can visit by clicking here. Top image from The Thanatos Archive, which you can preview and join by clicking here.
For more on this topic, see these previous posts: 1, 2, 3.