Anonyme, Apparition dans un jardin, vers 1875 - 1880. Collection Christophe Goeury
Anonyme, Photographie spirite, 1941.
Collection de l'Institut Métapsychique International (IMI).
Anonyme, Le magicien Chambly, vers 1880.
Collection Georges Naudet
Anonyme, Fantôme et échelle, vers 1900.
Collection Lumière des roses.
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Fantographie, Images et traces de l’Invisible (1850 - 1950)
For the 10th edition of the PhotoSaintGermain festival, the Maison d'Auguste Comte is hosting the exhibition Fantographie, Images et traces de l'Invisible (1850 - 1950). Rare, even unpublished, the images gathered for this event question the figure of the ghost and its representation in the social and artistic imagination. Drawn from a rich collection of private collections, these objects retrace, each in their own way, the history of "spiritualist photography". Somewhat forgotten today, this tradition, which appeared in the United States in the second half of the 19th century, was a great success with the public as soon as it arrived on the European continent. By a strange coincidence, the term 'Spiritism' first appeared in April 1857 in Allan Kardec's famous Book of Spirits, a few months before the founder of positivism passed away. While the wave of table-turning was sweeping Europe at the time, the question of communication with the dead was at the heart of new technical processes that gave photography a resolutely occult dimension. In the half-light of workshops and darkrooms, certain photographers, whether professionals or amateurs, tried to capture the souls of the dead by making the existence of an afterlife tangible. Whether they are the result of accidents or deliberate manipulation, these images retain their power of suggestion despite time and continue to challenge us, thus underlining, as Roland Barthes had already remarked, the great proximity that exists between the domain of photography and that of magic.
Emmanuelle Fructus and Philippe Baudouin
With support of the INREES.
Maison d'Auguste Comte
Final residence of the philosopher, founder of «Positivism», the House of August Comte is both an apartment-museum and an archive-library centered around the philosopher and nineteenth-century thinking.