Shannon Taggart (b. 1975, Buffalo, New York) explores the intersection between Spiritualism and photography.
Taking a reflexive approach, she uses one to examine the other, probing each practice’s complicated relationship with truth. Citing Spiritualism’s visual record as one of the most bizarre, absurd, and uniquely unsettling chapters within the history of photography, her work is an attempt to build on this strange record.
Taggart’s images have been featured internationally, including in the publications TIME, New York Times Magazine, Discover, Reader’s Digest, and Newsweek. Nikon, Magnum Photos and the Inge Morath Foundation, American Photography, International Photography Awards, and the Alexia Foundation for World Peace have recognized her work. Taggart’s first monograph, Séance (Fulgur Press 2019, Atelier Éditions 2022), was named one of TIME Magazine’s ‘Best Photobooks of 2019.’ A solo exhibition of Séance originated at the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, UMBC, Baltimore, MD, in 2021, traveling to the Pensacola Museum of Art in 2022 and the University of Northern Iowa in 2023. Selected group exhibitions include Undead Archive, University of Winnipeg, Manitoba, CA. (2023); Medium, San José Foto, Uruguay (2018); Verbal – Somatic – Material, New York University (2013); We Are Witnessing The Dawn of An Unknown Science, Photoworks, Brighton, UK (2007); Concerning the Spiritual in Photography, Photographic Resource Center, Boston (2004). Taggart is currently working on an illustrated book on The Society for Research on Rapport and Telekinesis (SORRAT), one of the most exotic cases within the history of psychical research.