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Untitled (Electric Fan Drawing Smoke)

1934 Harold E. Edgerton Born: Fremont, Nebraska 1903 Died: Cambridge, Massachusetts 1990 gelatin silver print sheet: 10 x 7 3/4 in. (25.4 x 19.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum Purchase 1991.11 Not currently on view


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Harold Edgerton was a pioneer in photographing fast-paced events invisible to the naked eye. Using strobe lights that could flash up to 120 times a second, he tracked the motion of all kinds of human and mechanical operations, such as the movement of air through the blades of a fan. He combined his photographic career, including collaborations with industrial clients and the United States government, with a teaching career in electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2013

Keywords

Still life - other - appliance

photography - photoprint

paper

paperboard

gelatin silver

About Harold E. Edgerton

Born: Fremont, Nebraska 1903 Died: Cambridge, Massachusetts 1990

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