Edward Wyllie

Edward Arthur Sanders Wyllie (28 January 1848[1] – 6 March 1911) was a British medium and spirit photographer.[2]

Alleged spirit photograph produced by Wyllie.

Wyllie was born in Calcutta, British India, as a British subject, and moved to England as a small boy.[3] He moved to California in 1886 to work as a photographer. He also worked as a medium and spirit photographer. His spirit photographs were exposed as frauds.[4][5] Negatives of pre-made spirit images were found in his house and it was also discovered that Wyllie had used a method of "palming small spirit drawings executed in luminous paint and pressing them to the photographic plate" which he confessed to.[6]

He died in London in 1911.


  1. ^ India, Select Births and Baptisms, 1786–1947
  2. ^ Anderson, Rodger. (2006). Psychics, Sensitives and Somnambules: A Biographical Dictionary with Bibliographies. McFarland & Company. p. 186. ISBN 978-0786427703
  3. ^ 1851 England Census
  4. ^ Nickell, Joe. (2005). Camera Clues: A Handbook for Photographic Investigation. University Press of Kentucky. p. 151. ISBN 978-0813191249
  5. ^ Jolly, Martyn. (2006). Faces of the Living Dead: The Belief in Spirit Photography. Miegunyah Press. p. 51. ISBN 978-0712348997
  6. ^ Stein, Gordon. (1996). The Encyclopedia of the Paranormal. Prometheus Books. p. 517. ISBN 978-1573920216