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Photography at Mid-Century

Not only did engineer Harold “Doc” Edgerton invent stop-action photography, he elevated scientific photographs to untold artistic heights. Edgerton unlocked a whole new system for understanding the dynamics of motion; his work allowed people to see such things as a hummingbird in flight, a speeding bullet in motion, or a splash of a milk drop. Edgerton worked at perfecting his technology for more than fifty years, adapting it to such varied projects as World War II reconnaissance, atomic bomb testing, and underwater exploration with Jacques Cousteau.

© 2013 Harold Edgerton, Courtesy Palm Press, Inc.
© 2013 Harold Edgerton, Courtesy Palm Press, Inc.
© 2013 Harold Edgerton, Courtesy Palm Press, Inc.
© 2013 Harold Edgerton, Courtesy Palm Press, Inc.
© 2013 Harold Edgerton, Courtesy Palm Press, Inc.
© 2013 Harold Edgerton, Courtesy Palm Press, Inc.
© 2013 Harold Edgerton, Courtesy Palm Press, Inc.
© 2013 Harold Edgerton, Courtesy Palm Press, Inc.
© 2013 Harold Edgerton, Courtesy Palm Press, Inc.
© 2013 Harold Edgerton, Courtesy Palm Press, Inc.