If you happen to be in NY, the Met will be displaying Pierre Apraxine’s “The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult,” starting Sept 27. The display is a survey of how photography has been used to try to prove the existence of the supernatural.
According to the International Herald Tribune. They have a nifty article that talks about the display and includes a history of occult photography.
From the 1870s through the 1930s, the belief that cameras had the power to capture not just the visible and fleeting but also the invisible and ephemeral produced a huge body of images intended as almost scientific exhibits.
The article also talks about Apraxine’s character and beliefs.
Does Apraxine, 70, a former Fulbright scholar and a sterling product of a post-Enlightenment education, really believe this story? Or in things that go bump in the night? During lunch recently at the Met, he looked up from his plate and stared out into Central Park for a moment. “I have a formula, an answer for that that is ready-made,” he said. “I believe you can see a ghost, but that doesn’t mean I believe in ghosts.”
He paused and elaborated: “I remain a noncommitted observer – that’s the best way to put it.”
Sounds like an awesome display. I’ll have to take a trip up to NY to check it out.
Update: Ed reviewed this show on StoneAngels.