Photographing a Ghost (1898)

Original Title: Photographing a Ghost
Type: Short
Genre: Short, Horror
Release Date: Aug 1898 (UK)
Is Adult: No
Rated: n/A
George Albert Smith


Photographer tries to take a picture of a ghost, but it won't keep still and then vanishes.


Shows what can be done by an enthusiastic amateur with a 4x5 Kodak. The picture reveals the artist with his camera in position. Two men come in with a trunk, labeled GHOST. The photographer carefully opens the trunk, and up rises a tall, white Thing. It glides around, and just as the artist is ready, it disappears. He is greatly mystified; and more so than ever, when the ghost reappears, apparently from nowhere, and after floating around, steps back into the trunk. The photographer promptly sits on the lid and locks it with an air or relief. He gets up, turns around, and there stands Mr. Ghost, behind him. The ghost becomes active, and chairs are thrown around in a very lively fashion. The photographer finalls sinks down in despair and gives up the job. Written by Edison Films (1900)

Details (General)

  • AKA (Also Known As)

    Photographing a Ghost (United Kingdom)

  • Company

    George Albert Smith Films

  • Country

    United Kingdom

  • Details (Technical)

  • Color

    Black and White

  • Sound Mix