Almost 25 years ago I was asked to take photographs for the funeral of a 5 month old baby who passed away unexpectedly. The parents were close friends and I spent time with them taking photographs on a number of occasions between the child's death and the burial. It is one of the the most moving experiences I have ever had, and one I will always treasure.
From my own experience, I suggest that if you are invited to be a part of such an special and intimate moment, you will receive so much more in return than you could ever give.
Originally Posted by bdial
This tradition is even older than that. There are 17th century paintings of deceased baby's. Also, it was very common for families to have family portrait paintings with children that died either included as little angles floating in the sky, or pictured as living children but usually set apart from the rest of the group to signify their death.
Originally Posted by railwayman3
"The nineteenth century began by believing that what was reasonable was true, and it wound up by believing that what it saw a photograph of, was true.
" - William M. Ivins Jr.
"I don't know, maybe we should disinvent color, and we could just shoot Black & White.
" - David Burnett in 1978
"Analog is chemistry + physics, digital is physics + math, which ones did you like most?
I have no experience with these materials. I was told about these death portraits and the reason for doing them in a funeral museum (yes, there is such a museum in Vienna). I don't remember when this was common so I don't know what kind of film material was available then. Also, the portraits I saw in that museum were indoor, so exposure times must have been much longer.
Originally Posted by Andrew K