Selections from the Jule Eisenbud collection on Ted Serios and thoughtographic photography, including the items which were included in the 2011 exhibit, Psychic Projections/Photographic Impressions: Paranormal Photographs from the Jule Eisenbud Collection on Ted Serios, presented by the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery.
Originating mainly from the 1960s during the years of Dr. Jule Eisenbud's experimentation on psychic photographer Ted Serios, the digital collection provides an introduction to the psychic phenomenon 'thoughtography'. Serios possessed an apparent ability to place images on film with his mind using psychic energy that continues to baffle researchers and critics to this day. Ample numbers of these psychic photographs, or 'thoughtographs,' produced through extensive experimentation with Eisenbud, illustrate Serios's paranormal ability. Eisenbud, whose main field was psychiatry, maintained substantial correspondence with colleagues in the field of paranormal psychiatry as well as an ongoing correspondence with Ted Serios. Although Eisenbud's work in paranormal psychology included a variety of experimentation with different subjects, his work with Ted Serios and thoughtography is the main focus of the Eisenbud collection.
This digital collection contains all of the images produced during two experiment sessions at the Colorado Psychiatry Hospital in Denver, Colorado. The first session was held on October 4, 1964 and the second on January 2, 1965. Viewing the full run of images produced allows researchers to see the varied images that may have been created during one of the Eisenbud-Serios sessions including thoughtographs, "blackies" (underexposed images that are completely black), "whities" (overexposed images that are completely white), snapshots of the session room and/or attendees, and Serios himself, looking into the lens of the camera. Researchers can pull up the images from these two sessions by searching: C.P.H.
A finding aid is available for the complete Jule Eisenbud collection on the Special Collections website: http://library.umbc.edu/speccoll/findingaids/coll023.php
More information about Psychic Projections/Photographic Impressions exhibit is available on the Library Gallery website: http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/gallery/psychic.php
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Image Credit: Serios, Ted. "[Parthenon, #15.]" Photograph. 1965. University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Jule Eisenbud collection on Ted Serios and thoughtographic photography. http://cdm16629.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/Eisenbud/id/257 (accessed 11/21/2013).