The dream of time travel has been achieved with the spectral photographs presented in this book, a collection of anonymous Hallowe’en. Ossian Brown has compiled a number of anonymous photographs depicting this in the book “Haunted Air” (), dating between and. Ossian Brown was a member of the dark, magical electronic music photos, dating between and , as collected in Haunted Air, with.

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The page-and-a-half “historical note” on Halloween isn’t even up to Wikipedia quality. I love brownn love this book! Middlethought rated it it was amazing Aug 05, Here the old life of the holiday is preserved. The dream of time travel has been achieved with the spectral photographs presented in this book, a collection of anonymous Hallowe’en pictures from America circa the years through The blank masks and homemade paper or sacking masks are especially disturbing. With an introduction by David Lynch, appropriately enough, Haunted Air’s images will stay with with you for a long time.

Literally that’s all ya gotta do when you’re dealing with history that showcases racist attitudes of that time period. Mar 10, Kristoffer rated it it was amazing.

I’ll get to reviewing that one later.

Ossian Brown’s ‘Haunted Air’ · Lomography

Some of these older masks are much creepier than anything available today. I may have to actually buy my own copy of this one. His capable pen transforms the pictures into poetry, “family portraits, mementoes of naunted treasured, the held dear-in-heart, now unrecognisable, other.

Children and the poor, often masked or in outlandish costume, wandered the night begging “soul cakes” in exchange for prayers, and fires burned to hauntex malevolent phantoms at bay.

Ossian Brown’s ‘Haunted Air’

But as consumer culture continued to amp up in the suburbs during the latter half of the fifties bown of its original lifeblood begin to be drained out of it. Find it in the library, here.


He talks to us about his Lomography camera collection and his camera of choice, the BelAir X The sepia color of the photos makes everything just a little bit more bizarre and demonic. These are from the days before vacuu-formed or full-head, super detailed latex masks were mass marketed to folks around the country, so there’s a handmade spirit and imagination that permeates the many images.

But this collection of anonymous Halloween photographs from c. For Lomographer elmahiko, the best of both worlds can be found in the Serbian city of Novi Sad. Lists with This Book. The afterword essay by Geoff Cox also seems to heap more meaning on these photographs than they deserve.

Haunted Air: Anonymous Halloween photographs from c. – by Ossian Brown

Creepy pictures that sometimes make you want to quickly turn the page to get away from the unnerved feeling they leave you with others make you stay on the page staring indefinitely at browwn image like it’s a train wreck. Visit the West Licht Gallery in Vienna for this once in a lifetime display of best women photographers who shaped the social documentary genre.

You can practically smell Autumn when looking through this. Frayed by forgetting, they are homeless ghosts Return to Book Page. It was believed that on this night the veil separating the worlds of the living and the dead grew thin and ruptured, allowing spirits to pass through and walk unseen but not unheard amongst men. The costumes come prepackaged like so much else in our contemporary world, ready to be pulled off the shelf.

If I saw any of these costumes at my door on Halloween I think I would lock the door aur hide in the closet for the rest of the night. Was it that popular? No trivia or quizzes yet. There is a feeling that comes over you when you look through these.

Haunted Air: Anonymous Halloween photographs from c. 1875–1955

Dec 27, Arthur Cravan rated it it was amazing Shelves: The book itself is dedicated to Jhon Balance. Scenes from the Morgue: Feeding hungrily on fresh lore, consuming half-remembered tales of its own shadowy origins and rituals, Hallowe’en was reborn.


The photographs in Haunted Air provide an extraordinary glimpse into the traditions of this macabre festival from ages past, and form haujted important document of photographic history. This ends up with the feel of a pure vanity project.

An excellent book and collection that scratches beneath the psyche of a nation. Let your loved one pick the gift of their dreams. Lomographer henryohead reveals his secret as to how he draws illustrations by superimposing images together. To ask other readers questions about Haunted Airplease sign up.

Made for TV Mayhem. Rambling and Reflections on ’70s pop culture. Ossian Brown is an artist, musician, and composer who was a member of the music group Coil, and is a cofounding member of Cyclobe.

New blood—Scandinavian, Germanic, African, Native-American—flowed in its veins spawning a host of hybrid phantoms to consult, to confront, to placate. We Are the Mutants. A nice collection of uncommon photographs haunfed some of them quite striking, but many repetitious and none with any information given – well printed in a book with the high production quality one expects from Jonathan Cape.

Ossiian features anonymous, vintage Halloween photos, dating between and collected by Ossian Brown, a British musician and artist. The text – what there is of it – is useless.

These pictures are populated by spirits from the collective imagination of the Celtic folk who brought the holiday over to the New World. It might be wrong to say I “read” this, as out of pages there are only about 5 with text.