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    A post-mortem photographer at work. 19th century.

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    • Ava Hamric

      Fantastic photo of a Momento Mori photo being taken. Head rest to keep the head in place. Although this is a posing stand, it is only for supporting the head. They were used in the early days of photograph in the 1830s when exposure time was15-30 min! A cadaver would have to be seated.

    • Susan Cantrell

      Often misidentified as a photographer photographing a corpse, this was a live man showing how photos are made using posing stands. http://dealer042.wix.com/post-mortem-photos

    • Bill Hounsom

      Fantastic photo of a Momento Mori photo being taken. Please note that although this is a posing stand, it is only for supporting the head. They were used in the 1830s for 'live' models to lean against during the 15-30 min. exposure time. A cadaver would have to be seated. The sort of stand required to support a corpse has never been found.

    • Katie Page

      Photo of a Momento Mori photo being taken. Love the head rest to keep the head in place. Please note that although this is a posing stand, it is only for supporting the head. They were used in the early days of photography, for example in the 1830s exposure time was15-30 min! A cadaver would have to be seated. The sort of stand required to support a corpse has never been found.

    • Caitlin McCarthy

      Fantastic photo of a Momento Mori photo being taken. Love the head rest to keep the head in place. Please note that although this is a posing stand, it is only for supporting the head. They were used in the 1830s for 'live' models to lean against during the 15-30 min. exposure time. A cadaver would have to be seated.

    • Nadine D

      Memento Mori - Photo taken of deceased man being held up by posing stand. Posing stand kept the subject fixed and in position because of the time necessary to take the photographs. The subject was placed in front of the camera, the pose was then held with the assistance of adjustable head rests, clamps and posing stands.

    • Linda Williams Stirling

      This looks to me like a death photo - a photo taken after a person in deceased. A common practice in past years. Not only is this man on a stand, look at his limp arms and legs. Last Pinner said: Photo being taken of man being held up by posing stand - The purpose of the posing stand was to keep the posers fixed and in position because of the time it took to take the photographs. If necessary, the pose is held with the assistance of adjustable head rests, clamps and posing stands.

    • Sonya Chant

      "Memento Mori" Victorian Post-Mortem Photography... La práctica consistía en vestir el cadáver con sus ropas personales y participarlo de un último retrato grupal, con sus compañeros, familiares, amigos... La fotografía mortuoria no era considerada morbosa, debido a la ideología social de la época del Romanticismo. En dicho período se tenía una visión nostálgica de los temas medievales y se concebía la muerte con un aire mucho más sentimental, llegando algunos a verla como un privilegio...

    • Andrea P

      Pictures in Time: Stiff Pose: Victorian Postmortem photography.

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