The process of photographing an object by exposing film in a dark room to the light that results from electronic and ionic interactions caused by placing the object in an intense electric field. The photograph shows a light, glowing band surrounding the outline of the object.
A method of capturing on a photographic plate an image of what is thought by some to be an aura of energy that emanates from animals and plants and that undergoes changes in accordance with physiological or emotional changes.
Origin of kirlian-photography
- After Semyon Davidovich Kirlian (1900–1980), Russian electrician and his wife Valentina Khrisanovna Kirlian (died 1971), Russian journalist, codiscoverers of the electric effect upon which it is based
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition