Beyond the Dark Veil by Sue Henger

Beyond the Dark Veil

Beyond the Dark Veil: Post Mortem and Mourning Photography from The Thanatos Archive is a compilation of more than 120 extraordinary and haunting photographs and related ephemera documenting the practice of death and mourning photography in the Victorian Era and early twentieth century. Supplemented with original newspaper articles, clippings, funeral notices, memorial ephemera and more, the collection will take us on a journey through a fascinat...

Details Beyond the Dark Veil

TitleBeyond the Dark Veil
Release DateDec 15th, 2014
PublisherLast Gasp
GenreArt, Nonfiction, Photography, History, Death, Historical

Reviews Beyond the Dark Veil

  • Hanaa
    What an absolutely beautiful book Thanatos Archive put together. The pictures are almost other-worldly, as if I'm immersed in a dream. Indeed, I couldn't put the book down not only because of how wonderfully composed the book was but also of how and why the pictures were taken. The book is organized as follows:Deathbed/pre-mortemChildren & FamilyAdultsCrime/Murder/TragedyEphemera & MourningPetsThere were also a few essays that explored the histor...
  • Noran Miss Pumkin
    I have been on a wait list for 1 year for this book, and it finally came.yes, it is a strange topic, but well presented with care and respect. I got to attend a exhibit of original photographs, at greenfield Village, next to the Henry Ford Museum-a decade ago. I realize I had seen these pictures, as a child attending flea markets, just never thought they were dead, just odd looking. Everyone, on old photos looks so stoic.I took 1 star off due the...
  • Devi
    Ein unfassbar schönes Buch, welches ich heute erst aus dem Briefkasten zog.
  • Tasha-Lynn
    Easily a 5/5 book. I've always loved post mortem photography and think it's a beautiful way to memorialize a loved one. The children section was very difficult for me to look thru and I felt immense sadness looking at each photo. There were so many amazing photos in the book but two specifically stood out to me. Page 93 took my breath away, a small stunning little girl, blonde ringlets, perfect face, bruised and bloody. And page 132 broke my hear...
  • Alice
    Una belleza de libro para pensar sobre lo efímero de nuestras vidas vidas.
  • Concertina
    Que chulada de libro
  • Loren
    I kickstarted this book because I am excited by the work of the Thanatos Archive. The photos here are carefully chosen to make the people in the past seem so real, like someone you know and would mourn as intensely as these must have been. It's a truly lovely, thought-provoking collection.I knocked one star off for the design of the book, however. While the glossy black pages do emphasize the photographs, the teeny italicized font that captions t...
  • Bronwyn
    Simply lovely.This book was beautifully written and nice to look at. I was somewhat disappointed to see the same photograph used in more than one place to demonstrate a specific theme in mourning photography or practice, and I agree that the font size for photo captions was a tad small.Other than those minor complaints, the book is beautifully done with a great attention to detail and appreciation of subject matter. Even the book design itself wa...
  • Carole Tyrrell
    This book was a tie-in with a 2013 exhibition of Victorian post-mortem photography. To our eyes the Victorian obsession with death can seem very morbid when compared to today’s more relaxed attitudes. The cult of mounring in the 19th century was instituted by Queen Victoria after the death of her beloved Albert and continued until her death. It finally ceased with the mass carnage of the First World War when often there wasn’t a body to bring...
  • Deborah
    I have a morbid fascination with the death and dead and this book has a lot of memento mori in it. Photos of posed dead people. Chapters on the history of mourning and death perspectives.