Ghosts Caught On Camera Throughout The Decades

Although science still has no proof of the existence or non-existence of ghosts, there are many people out there who think it’s all non-sense. Yet, throughout the decades, since the invention of photo cameras, we can see ghosts caught on camera with our own eyes.

If you believe in the supernatural, you are not alone. There are millions of people on this Earth who are not only believers, but also had personal encounters with ghosts. From hearing unexplained noises or voices, to objects moved on their own accord, to even seeing apparitions.




When we die, our energy leaves our bodies. It is said that sometimes these energies linger around for whatever reason. We don’t always see or hear them. Sometimes we can only sense or feel their presence. This can be a through cold spots, where the temperature is unusual cold in a certain area of the house. At times it might be the feeling like something brushed up against your arm. Or, being at a place suddenly gives you the jitters.

So, while the spirits don’t  go off all poltergeist on you, doesn’t mean they are not there. But they can’t always hide from the cameras. As you can see there are quite a few ghosts caught on camera below.

Famous photos of ghosts caught on camera

Some photos are often debated to be fakes, created by photographers using tricks like double exposure and such. But many photos have been tested by experts where they could not find any photographic evidence that they had been tempered with. I let you be the judge.

The Corroboree Rock Watcher

Corroboree Rock is an unusual rock formation in Australia. It is a dolomite outcropping and holds a great significance to the Arrernte Aboriginal people. The Aborigines consider it taboo to climb the rock. They believe the entire area is spiritually dangerous to women, children, and uninitiated men.

When Adelaide Presbyterian minister R.S. Blance visited the site, he took a photo. After the film was developed he was shocked to see a figure in a white gown. The reverend insisted he was alone at the rock formation.

Source: RS Blance

Freddy Jackson’s Last Photo

At the time this group picture at the HMS Daedalus training grounds was taken, mechanic Freddy Jackson had already passed away.

Royal Air Force officer, Victor Goddard, claims that the man in the last row is Freddy Jackson. Although skeptics investigated the photo, they could not find any photographic evidence of tempering. Thus, they could not disprove the ghost sighting.

Source: Wikimedia

Ferguson’s Brother

Ghosts caught on camera don’t only appear in photos that need to be taken to a developer. This photo was taken with a Polaroid camera. Which already proofs that there was no double exposure at play.




Walter Ferguson was killed in World War 2. Yet, when a guest snapped a picture at a spiritual convention of speaker Robert A. Ferguson, there he was. Walter appeared behind his brother Robert.

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Source: Robert Ferguson

Grandfather’s Ghost

When Denise Russell took a photo of her grandmother, a man appeared in the picture right behind her. Denise swears that nobody else was there at the time. Upon closer examination they found the man to be her grandfather. Only trouble is, the photo was taken in 1997, but her grandfather died in 1984.

Source: Denise Russel

The Tulip Staircase Ghost

Reverend Ralph Hardy was visiting the Queen’s House section of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England. When he saw the elegant spiral staircase, known as the Tulip Staircase, he decided to take a photo of it.

However, once the film was developed, the photo showed a figure climbing the stairs. The retired clergyman from White Rock, British Columbia, insisted that no one had been by the stairs when he took the photo.

The negatives were examined by experts, including some from the Kodak film company. They could not find evidence the photo was tampered with.

It turns out that the Reverend’s photo is not the only evidence of ghost activity there. Witnesses often claim that they see unexplained figures by the stairs and also hear footsteps going up the stairs.

Source: Ralph Hardy

The White Lady Of Worstead

In 1975 Diane Berthelot and her husband, Peter, stopped at the Worstead Church in Norfolk, England to escape the summer’s heat and cool off. Diane, who hasn’t been feeling well for some time, decided to take advantage and sat down in one of the pews to say a prayer. In the meantime her husband took some pictures of the church. One of the photos was of his wife sitting in the pew. But, once he received the photos back from developing, they were quite surprised.

During their visit the church had been completely empty. Yet, on the photo he took of his wife they could clearly see a person sitting behind her. Not only that. The white figure appears to be glowing.

On their next visit back to the church, Peter showed the photo to the vicar. He told Peter that many visitors claim to have seen the white lady. He assured Peter that she is nothing to be afraid off. That she is in fact, friendly, healing spirit.

Oddly enough, Diane had been feeling slightly better ever since her prayer at that church.

Source: Peter Berthelot

The Schoolboy

Ghosts caught on camera appear also when taking pictures with a cellphone.

This photo comes from Reddit user Inthelionsmane. He explained the famous ghost picture from his hometown:

“I grew up in a small, rural town in between mountains.” he wrote. “A couple of years ago, they were tearing down an old elementary school. A guy my mom knew went in and took pics with his cell phone. When he uploaded them, this was one of the pics.”

He says he does not believe in ghosts at all, but: “I just really don’t know how to explain it since it was a cell phone pic and I’m pretty sure that no one in my Podunk hometown knows how to make fake pics.”

Source: Inthelionsmane – Reddit

The Brown Lady

The most famous photo of ghosts caught on camera is the one of the brown lady. It was taken by a photographer for Country Life magazine in 1936.




The brown lady did not just show up in the photo. As a matter of fact, she showed herself to the photographer and his assistant. The assistant described a woman in a veil stepping down the staircase. He then urged the photographer to take a photo. As soon as he snapped the picture, she suddenly vanished.

Nobody knows for sure who the brown lady is. But many believe that it could be the spirit of Lady Dorothy Townsend.  She died of smallpox in 1726. As for her appearances… nobody knows why she keeps returning home.

Source: Countrylife

The Shining

When Stephen King and his wife stayed over night at the Stanley Hotel, he found his creepy inspiration for the horror novel The Shining. The hotel has a history of ghost activities that go as far back as 1911 and is considered to be one of America’s most haunted hotels.

The ghosts were also not shy when the Mausling family decided to take a tour of the haunted hotel.

John “Jay” Mausling took this photo below.

“At first we tried to be logical and think we somehow missed her so we asked our kids, their girlfriends and our friend if they remembered seeing a little girl,” he said. It turned out that there was no little girl on the tour.

A former FBI agent told HuffPost that he couldn’t find any signs of photo manipulation in the picture.

Source: John Mausling

More than just one photo

It seems there have been more ghosts caught on camera at the hotel.

Henry Yau was able to capture the image of a woman in a vintage dress coming down the deserted staircase. When he posted it online he, of course, was met with criticism.

Haunted places are all over the world. Always make sure to bring a camera or cellphone. You’ll never know when it’s your turn to post ghosts caught on camera.

Source: Henry Yau – Instagram

A Family Photo

Another Reddit user, Njfurlong, shared this creepy photo from his family album. He says it was taken around 1930.

Explaining that the home had a permanent house ghost: “My aunt saw her a few times while growing there in the ’60s and ’70s,”

He said his aunt would see the ghost either, “beside or at the end of her bed. She wore a fitted white bodice-style dress, with a dark brooch at her waist, dark hair up in a bun.”

In this photo, the spirit is visible just above the group, in the door frame.

Source: NJfurlong – Reddit

The Amityville Horror

The home on Ocean Avenue is famous for the horrifying events that took place there. Thus, it not only inspired a bestselling book, but also a number of hit movies.

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren decided to look into the case. So they left a camera in the house overnight to catch any supernatural activities. They claimed that one of the still photos shows the ghost of one of the victims, John DeFeo.

John was killed together with his brother, two sisters, and parents by his older brother Ronald Joseph “Butch” DeFeo Jr. in 1974.

Source: Ed and Lorraine Warren

The Ghost Of Bachelor’s Grove

The Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery outside of Chicago is one of America’s most haunted burial grounds.

Many witnesses recorded ghost sightings, ghosts caught on camera, and even recorded strange sounds.




The most famous ghost that can be seen is the white Madonna. Claims are that she wanders around the cemetery during full moon.

Among many photos is one that was taken in 1997 by the Chicago Sun-Times. The photographer took a photo of the empty grounds. To his surprise, he captured this woman in an old-fashioned white robe.

Source: The Chicago Sun-Times

Lord Combermere’s Ghost

There is a debate about this photo with people claiming that this photo is double exposed. Although, the negatives have been lost and it could never be proven. It was taken in 1891 inside Lord Combermere’s library during his funeral. Which was also around the era when some photographers started manipulating photos to make ghostly apparitions appear. It was a good way to become well known and wealthy. So it is not a surprise that this photo might also have been manipulated. Or maybe not.

Manipulated or real?

Take a look and judge for yourself.

On the left side of the photo, the Lord is clearly sitting in his chair. His own children identified the figure to look just like him. Both his legs had been badly damaged during his fatal carriage accident, and seem to be missing in the photo.

Source: Combermere Abbey

According to the “Little Egypt Ghost Society” in Southern Illinois, it is actually possible to intentionally capture a ghost on camera with a digital camera. In their tips for capturing ghosts with your camera, they claim that “Ghosts register on a frequency lower than what the human eye can see and a digital camera, which can pick up lower frequencies, can capture them.”

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