Exploring the History Behind Post-Mortem Photography – An Interview with Robbie Gorr

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In this episode, Robbie Gorr shares the eerie but beautiful history and art behind Victorian post-mortem photography. Plus, learn how to keep those original photo prints safe with Photo Detective Maureen Taylor.

Tree Talk (02:06)

Family Tree Magazine New Media editor Rachel Christian covers the latest genealogy news. May is National Photography Month, and Rachel provides some resources that can help you both preserve old photographs and take new ones.

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Feature: Post-Mortem Photos (05:11)

May is National Photography Month, so in this episode we’re looking at family photos from many different angles.

Robbie Gorr is the author of a new online article at Family Tree called In Death, Immortal: The Victorian Tradition of Post-Mortem Photography. He shares the history of these unusual post-mortem photos and tips for how to find them.

Read “Understanding the Victorian Tradition of Post-Mortem Photography” by Robbie Gorr, linked below.

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While a morose subject, post-mortem photography has a rich history. Here is a detailed review of that history, as well as tips for finding such photos.

Family History Home: Preserving Prints (15:52)

Maureen Taylor, AKA Photo Detective, returns to the show to explain the best way to save and preserve original photo prints.

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Editor’s Desk (28:41)

Family Tree Magazine’s eLearning Producer, Amanda Epperson, highlights Photo Editing for Family Historian, a one-week Family Tree University course starting on June 12, 2023, taught by Lisa Alzo.

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