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Séance: An Illustrated Presentation with Shannon Taggart

Shannon Taggart will share images and stories from her sixteen-year long project on Spiritualism, the 19th-century American born religion.  This heavily illustrated talk will include photographs from Lily Dale, NY, the world’s largest Spiritualist community, Montcabirol, a physical mediumship center in France, and the Arthur Findlay College in England.  Shannon’s pursuit of ectoplasm—the elusive substance said to be both spiritual and material—will be presented, as well as historical imagery related to Spiritualism's attempts to capture spirits on film. Shannon's unique approach to documenting mediums in action adds a new chapter to Spiritualism's bizarre photographic record.

This event is in support of the forthcoming book Séance:Spiritualist Ritual and the Search for Ectoplasm, currently being funded via pre-sale:  For more, visit 

Shannon Taggart is a photographer and independent researcher based in Brooklyn, NY.  Her photographs have been exhibited and featured internationally, including within the publications TIME, New York Times Magazine, Discover, and Newsweek. Her work has been recognized by Nikon, Magnum Photos and the Inge Morath Foundation, American Photography, the International Photography Awards, and the Alexia Foundation for World Peace. From 2014 – 2016, she was Scholar and Artist-in-Residence at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in New York.  She lectures internationally on her work.