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The Strange, the Surreal and the Downright Scary

Jan 10, 2019 - The New York Times

Photographers have pretty much always creeped out people.

Initially, they simply couldn’t help it. The world’s introduction to photography, the daguerreotype process, produced a shimmering, ghostly image that seemed at once so lifelike and so utterly unlifelike that it could have been made possible only through a kind of sorcery. For many, looking at a daguerreotype — a precise artifact of a moment from the irretrievable past — was like staring death itself in the eye.