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Harry N. Abrams
From Publishers Weekly
Inventor of the strobe flash and a pioneer of stop-action photography, Edgerton literally stops time in these remarkable photographs. A splashing milk drop, arrested with high-speed film and strobe, looks exactly like a king's crown. A golfer, shot at 100 flashes per second, swings his driver into an Archimedian spiral. Pictures of fencers, tennis players, rope-skippers and ping-pong enthusiasts, all caught in action sequences, call to mind futurist paintings with their frantic sequences of motion. Edgerton's inventions for underwater photography have yielded such marvels as his photo of the top of a lava mountain thousands of feet below the ocean's surface. His picture of Stonehenge, taken from a night-flying plane, brings the eerie stone slabs to life. An MIT scientist, Edgerton is a genuine artist who probes the laws of motion in a hitherto invisible world.
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From Library Journal
Edgerton, an electrical engineer at MIT, greatly advanced photography in 1933 with his invention of the high-powered repeatable flashthe strobe. For nearly 60 years he has applied his many discoveries to "seeing the unseen": freezing high-speed motion; superimposing successive microseconds of action; using high intensity lighting for close-up micrography, etc. This lush publication gathers, in over 100 duotones and 22 color plates, images spanning Edgerton's career, along with Jussim's essay on... read more --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Now in Paperback "The practice of photography as we know it today would be all but inconceivable were it not for the remarkable innovations of Harold Edgerton."
-ARTnews A bullet seen the instant it explodes through an apple . . . a milk-drop splash transformed into a perfect coronet . . . a golf swing shown in a procession of exposures taken milliseconds apart0some of the world's most famous photographs were taken by Harold Edgerton, the late MIT scientist who invented the electronic flash. This great classic, first published in 1987 and now back in print in paperback, celebrates Edgerton's genius and his lasting influence on photography. More than 125 superbly reproduced plates illustrate the phenomenal range of his work, and Edgerton himself describes his efforts to capture the world in microseconds. Prizewinning author and photography historian Estelle Jussim discusses his profound legacy, and commentaries accompanying each plate explain the techniques used to create these exceptional images. HAROLD E. EDGERTON (1903-1990) was one of America's most acclaimed scientists, known not only for his high-speed flash photography but also for his lifelong explorations of underwater phenomena. He invented most of the sonar and camera equipment used by Jacques Cousteau and by the team that found the wreck of the Titanic. ESTELLE JUSSIM is photo historian emerita at Simmons College in Boston. GUS KAYAFAS was Edgerton's picture editor as well as his student. He is founder of the photography laboratory Palm Press, near Boston. 125 photographs, 25 in full color, 100 in duotone, 2 full-color gatefolds, 9 x 111/4"