Probably the most famous ghost photo of all time was taken by photographers Captain Provand and Indre Shira in 1936. The photograph appears to show a ghost, known as "the Brown Lady", descending a staircase at England's historic Raynham Hall.

She is known as The Brown Lady due to reports of the spirit being seen wearing a brown brocade dress. In life, she was believed to be Dorothy Walpole, the second wife of Charles, 2nd Viscount Townshend, who died in 1729. She officially died of smallpox, but rumors have it that she was pushed down the stairs by her husband after learning of an affair.

The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall Ghost Photo

Provand and Shira were working on a commission for the magazine Country Life, taking pictures of the interior of the hall. They were about to finish their series of photographs when Shira said he could see a figure descending the staircase and told Provand to take a picture.

Although he was unable to see anything unusual at the time, when Provand exposed the plate, the developed photograph showed a strange, luminous shape on the staircase. The photograph was published in Country Life on 26 December 1936, and in the December edition of Life magazine in the USA.