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Mind’s Eye: The Psychic Photographs of Ted Serios

Winter 2023
University Gallery 
Guest curator: Emily Hauver, Curator of Exhibitions, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

Between 1964 and 1967, American psychiatrist Dr. Jule Eisenbud conducted experiments with Ted Serios, a man from Chicago with the purported ability to psychically transfer his thoughts onto Polaroid film in a process he named “thoughtography.” Questioning the limits of the human psyche, the supposed objectivity of photography, and notions of scientific neutrality, Mind’s Eye presents a selection of Serios’ mysterious photographs, along with ephemera and experimental data from the Jule Eisenbud Collection on Ted Serios and Thoughtographic Photography, a highlight of the Special Collections at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

 

Organized in collaboration with the Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), United States

shirtless man, arm outstretched to lens, strained expression
Fig. 1

Ted Serios, [Ted Serios], ca. 1964-1967. Diffusion transfer print. The Jule Eisenbud Collection on Ted Serios and Thoughtographic Photography, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Coll23_11.1_1968

blurry off-kilter image of white building with windows, black and white
Fig. 2

Ted Serios, [Hotel and palm trees], March 6, 1965. Diffusion transfer print. The Jule Eisenbud Collection on Ted Serios and Thoughtographic Photography, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Coll23_11.1_0097.