Saturday 13 June 2015, 2:00-3.30pm
Venue: MUMA /// FREE
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Martyn Jolly is the head of Photography and Media Arts at the ANU School of Art, and is fascinated by the craze for spirit photography in the late 19th century. For this program he will discuss forgotten Victorian era artist Georgiana Houghton and her presence in Australia via the carte-de-visite album of a spiritualist in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia. In most carte-de-visite albums portraits of intimate friends rubbed shoulders with portraits of famous personages, but in this album these images also rubbed shoulders with portraits of spirits. The album documents one person’s passion for the religion of Modern Spiritualism. Its owner was probably a member of the Victorian Association of Spiritualists, and her album uses photographic portraits to map the spiritual, social and political world the Victorian Spiritualists created for themselves.
This program is presented by MUMA in partnership with the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), and is part of the 2015 Glen Eira Storytelling Festival. For more information about the Festival, click here...
Frederick Hudson Mrs Houghton and Spirit 1872
spirit photograph of Georgiana Houghton
albumen silver photograph
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
NGA Photography Fund: Farrell Family Foundation donation