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Secure the Shadow: Death and Photography in America Paperback – July 23, 1999
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"An outstanding work. Jay Ruby's easygoing style makes the presentation accessible to readers interested in social history and societal values and tastes. Along these lines, the book has no equal or rival. Ruby brings to his subject the superb dual qualification of a visual anthropologist and photo-historian."
—Heinz K. Henisch, Research Professor Emeritus, Pennsylvania State University
About the Author
Jay Ruby is Professor of Anthropology at Temple University. He has published extensively in archaeology, popular music, film, television, and photography, and has been exploring the relationship between cultures and pictures for the past thirty years.
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This book explains why people did, and still do, take pictures of dead people and their funerals and use those pictures of those they love to mourn their loss.