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Memento mori photograph of conjoined twins.

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Both are deceased

A quite disturbing element of these Victorian post-mortem photographs is the fact that due to the slow process of taking pictures with early cameras, the living in photographs are slightly blurred whilst the dead – who cannot move – appears with crystal clarity. In some ways the dead seem more alive than the living – certainly less ghostly.

ca. 1845, [portrait of a gentleman holding his dead wife]

Dead people posing with living people is strange enough.... but in this picture I can't tell who's dead and who's alive....~~ Post Mortem Victorian iPhoto

A mother and her five sons gather around a photograph of her husband and their father.