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Daguerreotypes, first exhibited in public in 1839, were invented by the partnership of Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre and Nicéphore Niépce. In Champfleury's humorous tale, 'La Légende du daguerréotype' a M. Balandard arrives in Paris to have his picture taken by means of the new photographic art. A decade before the discovery of Spiritualist photography, Nathanial Hawthorne drew upon Spiritualist connotations in describing the character of Holgrave the Daguerreotypist in The House of the Seven Gables. Many photographers involved with Goth and Gothic arts have created studies of graveyards, houses reputed to be haunted and skeletal remains. But due to the scale and ambition of their exploration of these motifs, the work of Simon Marsden and Paul Koudounaris invite sustained attention. Francesca Woodman's oeuvre instates her as an influential and powerful presence in modern photography.

Gothic effigy

A guide to dark visibilities

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