Shannon Taggert: Séance
Atelier Éditions presents a new edition of Séance, a photobook by Shannon Taggart.
American photographer Shannon Taggart’s fascination with Spiritualism, the belief in deceased individuals’ ability to communicate with the living, began during her adolescence when a medium revealed a family secret about the circumstances of Taggart’s grandfather’s death. Years later, Taggart, then a practicing photojournalist, found herself obsessively drawn to Lily Dale, New York—the world’s largest Spiritualist community. Her transformative experiences there catalyzed a 20-year odyssey documenting Spiritualist communities throughout the world in search of “ectoplasm”—an emanation exorcised from the body of the medium, believed to be both spiritual and material.
Séance offers readers a remarkable series of supernatural photographs exploring Spiritualist practices and beliefs within communities found across the US, the UK, and Europe. The photos are accompanied by Taggart’s commentary on her experiences, a foreword by Dan Aykroyd, creator of Ghostbusters and fourth-generation Spiritualist, and illustrated essays by curator Andreas Fischer and artist Tony Oursler.
Named one of Time’s best photobooks of 2019, and now revisited by Atelier Éditions, this reissue also features new commentary by writer and filmmaker J. F. Martel, additional images, and an updated design.
Published by Atelier Éditions, 2020, hardcover, 304 pages, 11.8 x 9.5 inches.