Most of us wouldn’t even consider bringing a camera to a funeral, but most of us aren’t Victorians.
The Victorian Era was full of strange customs, etiquettes, and traditions, and their manner of grieving the dearly departed was no exception. In this dark era, photographing the dead was as common as bringing flowers to a funeral. In fact, when a family member died, the first step was not to seek out a coroner or a mortician, because there were more pressing matters to attend to.
First things first, they called a photographer.
Post-mortem photography isn’t that strange when you think about the morbid curiosity of human beings. What’s strange, albeit creepily fascinating, is the way the pictures were taken, with the living and the dead posing together as if nothing weird was really going on.