The Beauty of Sadness

In Victorian times (childhood) mortality rates were very high. With the invention of the daguerreotype memorial portraiture – post-mortem photography – became a common way of remembering the dead. Grieving families would commission these sad portraits of their recently deceased loved ones. Some of these photos can be very disturbing to the modern eye, but others are incredibly moving.

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PS. There is some debate whether the photo of the two women under a tree is, in fact, post-mortem picture, but I have included them nevertheless as it simply is beautiful.


More vintage photography:
Edward S. Curtis