Photography and death

Taking photographs of your loved ones after their death is a common practice in Victorian Britain, as a memento mori. Most of these postmortem pictures show parents cradling their children, or wives alongside their deceased husbands. Postmortem photographs thus form a funerary ritual. To facilitate the coming to terms of a death and externalize the process of loss and grief.

Al Jazeera, “What death means to me”, August to October 2017.

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