Sleeping Beauties: Memorial Photographs from the Burns Archive

  April 11 – May 31, 2011

Public Programs

4:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Exhibition Talk: Dr. Stanley Burns, collector

A reception, sponsored by the Libby Kuhn Endowment Fund, followed the lecture.


Since the invention of photography, people have taken and used photographs of the deceased to celebrate memories of late loved ones and to mitigate the finality of death. Such images, known as memorial photographs, are special mementos with deep meaning for mourners.

From early daguerreotypes to contemporary images, Sleeping Beauties showcases over one hundred examples of memorial photography, revealing the diversity within this photographic practice. Considered individually or together, the images on display in this exhibition encourage contemplation of the ways in which individuals and cultures respond to death.






Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, UMBC, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250