memento mori

The Curious Art of Death Photography

When I curated an exhibiton about a local photographer called Thomas Henry Winterbourn in 2016 I noticed that some of the portraits of young children and some of the older people looked, well, dead.  These were of course the Victorian practice of memento mori, where loved ones were photographed soon after death as a tribute to their life.

Boom Cymru have made this 17min video for the BBC about this stange practice.

The curious art of death photography (BBC)

Leominster Through Time – photographs of Thomas Henry Winterbourn updated (Flickr)