Sleeping Beauties: Memorial Photographs from the Burns Archive- Lecture and Installation Views

APRIL 14- MAY 31 2011- 
Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery

The Burns Archive is pleased to announce that the installation, reception and lecture for our Baltimore postmortem exhibit was a great success. Special thanks goes to Tom Beck, Chief Curator of the Albin O. Kuhn Gallery and his staff. Stay in touch, we will be posting a video of the lecture soon.

With over 300 linear feet of paper images and 6 cases containing ambrotypes, tintypes, daguerreotypes and more- it is the largest postmortem photography exhibit to date. 

For as much as people of the 21st century avoid the subjects of death and postmortem photography, those of the 19th century embraced it. The living were depicted with their deceased loved ones with whom they were often not portrayed previously. The personal nature of postmortem imagery frequently makes it difficult for us to view memorial images from the past much less from our own time. This exhibition will survey memorial photography from the 19th through 21st centuries and show how the artistic efforts of the photographers contributed to the emotional qualities of the images. The imagery connects us across the generations to those who would have died unnoticed had they not been given by photographic means a kind of immortality.

Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery . University of Maryland, Baltimore County . 1000 Hilltop Circle . Baltimore MD 21250

Dr. Stanley Burns
Installation View, First Room
Postmortem Photo-Montage Images (Spirit Photo on Far Right)
Postmortem Images with Family
Contemporary Images by Todd Hochberg
Mourning Dress
One of Six Cases

Coffin Plates
First Case With Daguerreotypes & Ambrotypes of Children
Second Case With Daguerreotypes & Ambrotypes of Children
Dr. Burns Lecturing about His Postmortem Collection
Reception Following the Lecture
Dr. Burns With Tom Beck (Chief Curator)
More images from the exhibition below