Photographing the Dead
In the 19th century, a morbid and curious custom had spread to various parts of the world: the photos were “Post Mortem”. “Post Mortem” comes from Latin meaning “after death”.
The photos ”Post Mortem” apparently originated in England, when Queen Victoria asked who photographed the corpse of an acquaintance or a relative, so she could keep it as a souvenir. Thereafter, the practice slowly spread around the world, and many families followed suit, keeping the photo as a morbid reminder of the loved one who was gone.
Even today, as strange as it may seem, in some places still have this custom.
The girl who is standing in the photo is the one who is dead.
This is a classic example of this photographic art.
Notice the hands