Secure the Shadow: Death and Photography in America

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"Secure the Shadow" uses a combination of cultural anthropology and visual analysis to explore the photographic representations of death in the United States from 1840 to the present. It looks at the ways in which people have taken and used photographs of deceased loved ones and their funerals to mitigate the finality of death.Ruby employs newspaper accounts, advertisements, letters, photographers' account books, interviews, and other material to determine why and how photography and death became intertwined in the nineteenth century. He traces this century's struggle between America's public denial of death and a deeply felt private need to use pictures of those we love to mourn their loss.

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-- Heinz K. Henisch, Research Professor Emeritus, Pennsylvania State University " An outstanding work. Jay Ruby's easygoing style makes the presentation accessible to readers interested in social history and societal values and tastes. Along these lines, the book has no equal or rival. Ruby brings to his subject the superb dual qualification of a visual anthropologist and photo-historian." -- Heinz K. Henisch, Research Professor Emeritus, Pennsylvania State University & quot; An outstanding work. Jay Ruby's easygoing style makes the presentation accessible to readers interested in social history and societal values and tastes. Along these lines, the book has no equal or rival. Ruby brings to his subject the superb dual qualification of a visual anthropologist and photo-historian.& quot; -- Heinz K. Henisch, Research Professor Emeritus, Pennsylvania State University "An outstanding work. Jay Ruby's easygoing style makes the presentation accessible to readers interested in social history and societal values and tastes. Along these lines, the book has no equal or rival. Ruby brings to his subject the superb dual qualification of a visual anthropologist and photo-historian."--Heinz K. Henisch, Research Professor Emeritus, Pennsylvania State University

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Uses a combination of cultural anthropology and visual analysis to explore the photographic representations of death in the United States from 1840 to the present. It looks at the way people have taken and used photographs of deceased loved ones and their funerals to mitigate the finality of death.

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