Human history records innumerable efforts upon the part of men to penetrate the veil of death, including venturing into post-mortem spirit photography.
It is rather unfair to compare Camera Obscura and Camera Lucida in relation to their tradition.
The connection between the camera obscura space and the uncanny has been prevalent since the inception of the medium, and the earliest experiments were magical.
The light and the shadows, the fleeting trace of life captured through photography that could be codified into an image-icon still has echoes from the twenty-first century.
Although the nineteenth-century is much closer to our own era, these photographs and other illustrative representations forged a concept of death that is in many ways different from ours than that of Europe of the Middle Ages.