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Issue No. 17 - Enigma

Harold Edgerton at Sikkema Jenkins Co.

Image above: Harold Edgerton, Densmore Shute Bends the Shaft, 1938© Estate of Harold Edgerton at MIT. Courtesy of Palm Press, Inc.

Sikkema Jenkins & Co. presented last 28th of January an exhibition of work by Harold Edgerton. Harold Eugene “Doc” Edgerton (1903 – 1990) was a photographer, engineer, inventor, and life-long educator known for his iconic images taken with the aid of the electric strobescope.

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collage1Harold Edgerton, (LeftBullet through Plexiglas, 1963 ; (Right) Football Kick, Wes Fesler, 1934. © Estate of Harold Edgerton at MIT, Courtesy of Palm Press, Inc.

Originally developed by Edgerton during his time as a doctoral student to study the motion of motors, the strobescope was able to capture motion too fast to be observed by the naked eye through the use of use of rapid, short electronic flashes.

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Edgerton later applied this signature technique to observe and document everyday phenomena: the wings of a hummingbird in flight, a golf swing, the splash of a drop of milk, or a bullet piercing a balloon. While rooted in scientific observation, Edgerton’s powerful visual aesthetic produced unique and groundbreaking photographs that lie at the intersection of science, technology, and art.

 

collage2Harold Edgerton, (Left)The Bat Bends (Baseball), 1938. (Right)Water From a Faucet, 1932.  © Estate of Harold Edgerton at MIT. Courtesy of Palm Press, Inc.

 

HE 14811Harold Edgerton, Swirls & Eddies: Tennis, 1939, Gelatin silver print. © Estate of Harold Edgerton at MIT. Courtesy of Palm Press, Inc.

 

On view from January 28 through March 7, 2015 at Sikkema Jenkins Co.

 

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