By Rachel McBride Lindsey
Rachel McBride Lindsey demonstrates that what humans beheld once they checked out a photo had as a lot to do with what lay outdoors the frame--theological expectancies, for example--as with what the digicam had recorded. no matter if studio pix tucked into Bibles, postmortem graphics with locks of hair connected, "spirit" images, stereographs of the Holy Land, or magic lanterns utilized in biblical guide, pictures have been curated, beheld, displayed, and valued as actual artifacts that functioned either as relics and as icons of spiritual perform. Lindsey's interpretation of "vernacular" as an analytic introduces how to think about anew the cultural, social, and fabric achieve of religion.
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A Communion of Shadows: Religion and Photography in Nineteenth-Century America by Rachel McBride Lindsey