Ghostly mourning scene, c 1920 by William Hope, “spirit photographer”
A woman mourns for her husband in a Chapel of Rest, the woman’s son stands beside her. The image of a man’s face has been superimposed over the original photograph. The spirit album notes that the family were Roman Catholics and believed in life after death.
Hope’s “Spirit Photography” work gained momentum after WWI, when many people were desperate to find evidence of loved ones living beyond the grave. His techniques used double and triple exposures to render the appearance of ghostly apparitions around the sitter. His deception was publicly exposed by a private investigator in 1922, but he still continued his work. (via the UK’s National Media Museum)