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In Latin American culture, the first days of November are when people pay tribute to the memory of loved ones who have passed away. It seems appropriate for me to tell you a bit about deceased loved ones and photography.
I'm talking about post-mortem photography – also known as memento mori – a Victorian photographic genre that was popular back in the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries.
Basically, photographs were taken of deceased loved ones; post-mortem photography had nothing to do photographing violence, crime, or war. Doing something like this today, while not as prolific a genre in the Victorian era, can still offer comfort to those families needing it.
(If you are interested in rituals surrounding the death of loved ones, please watch this piece on the Torajan people of Indonesia – if you watch this fascinating video, viewer discretion is advised).