The Burns Archive is pleased to announce that the installation, reception and lecture for our Baltimore postmortem exhibit was a great success. Special thanks goes to Tom Beck, Chief Curator of the Albin O. Kuhn Gallery and his staff. Stay in touch, we will be posting a video of the lecture soon.
With over 300 linear feet of paper images and 6 cases containing ambrotypes, tintypes, daguerreotypes and more- it is the largest postmortem photography exhibit to date.
For as much as people of the 21st century avoid the subjects of death and postmortem photography, those of the 19th century embraced it. The living were depicted with their deceased loved ones with whom they were often not portrayed previously. The personal nature of postmortem imagery frequently makes it difficult for us to view memorial images from the past much less from our own time. This exhibition will survey memorial photography from the 19th through 21st centuries and show how the artistic efforts of the photographers contributed to the emotional qualities of the images. The imagery connects us across the generations to those who would have died unnoticed had they not been given by photographic means a kind of immortality.
Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery . University of Maryland, Baltimore County . 1000 Hilltop Circle . Baltimore MD 21250
|Dr. Stanley Burns|
|Installation View, First Room|
|Postmortem Photo-Montage Images (Spirit Photo on Far Right)|
|Postmortem Images with Family|
|Contemporary Images by Todd Hochberg|
|One of Six Cases|
|First Case With Daguerreotypes & Ambrotypes of Children|
|Second Case With Daguerreotypes & Ambrotypes of Children|
|Dr. Burns Lecturing about His Postmortem Collection|
|Reception Following the Lecture|
|Dr. Burns With Tom Beck (Chief Curator)|