death photos, post-mortem photos

One thing that higher-end photographers did for their subjects was to position them in a thoughtful, respectful way that would mimic a life-like state.  Here's a great example from the late 1800s. 

death photos, post-mortem photos

Toward the end of the 18th century as post-mortem photos in studios became out of vogue, in-home photos like the ones above became popular.  This photo on a white plate glass negative from Justin Cormack provides an example of how an entire community would come together to help the family grieve. 

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