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A new collection of daguerreotypes – the earliest form of photography – have been released showing people’s relatives slumped on chairs, or lain down as though they are sleeping.
As studio time was expensive, these daguerreotypes would often be the only time a person could capture their loved one’s likeness.
What resulted was a vast collection of eerie, and incredibly sad images, put together on the Thanatos Archive.