Dead People Prefer Photography, Apparently

Table-tipping workshop with mediums Reverend Jane and Chris Howarth. Erie, Pennsylvania, 2014. (All images by Shannon Taggart, courtesy Atlier Éditions)

Since the late 1800s, Lily Dale, New York has made a name for itself as a community and destination for Spiritualists, seekers, mediums, and others who are drawn to explore occult communication with those who have passed from this mortal plane. In SÈANCE (reedition by Atlier Éditions, 2022), photographer Shannon Taggart takes a visual journey through the town’s still-thriving relationship with mediumship, Spiritualism, and of course, séances.

Some of the images resemble formal church settings or Evangelical-like healing services. Others

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