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MONOGRAPHS & CATALOGSHarold Edgerton: The Anatomy of Movement
Flexi, 11.75 x 11 in. / 92 pgs / illustrated throughout. | 4/30/2011 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9788492841530 | $39.95
Harold Edgerton: Seeing the Unseen
Clth, 9.5 x 12.5 in. / 224 pgs / 40 color / 70 bw. | 1/23/2018 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9783958293083 | $49.95
Published by Steidl/MIT Museum, Cambridge.
Edited with text by Ron Kurtz, Deborah Douglas, Gus Kayafas. Text by J. Kim Vandiver, Gary Van Zante.
Edgerton invented the electronic flash, capturing what the human eye cannot see
Harold Edgerton was an engineer, educator, explorer and entrepreneur, as well as a revolutionary photographer—in the words of his former student and Life photographer Gjon Mili, “an American original.” Edgerton’s photos combine exceptional engineering talent with aesthetic sensibility, and this book presents more than 100 of his most exemplary works.
Seeing the Unseen contains iconic photos from the beloved milk drops and bullets slicing through fruit and cards, to less well known but equally compelling images of sea creatures and sports figures in action. Paired with excerpts from Edgerton’s laboratory notebooks, the book reveals the full range of his technical virtuosity and his enthusiasm for the natural and human-built worlds. Essays by Edgerton students and collaborators J. Kim Vandiver and Gus Kayafas explore his approach to photography, engineering and education, while MIT Museum curators Gary Van Zante and Deborah Douglas examine his significance to the history of photography, technology and modern culture.
As Harold Eugene Edgerton (1903–90) once modestly described himself: “I am an electrical engineer and I work with strobe lights and circuits and make useful things.” Born and raised in Nebraska, the longtime MIT electrical engineering professor pioneered the transformation of the strobe from an obscure 19th-century invention into a key technology of the 20th century. In 1962, Edgerton appeared on I’ve Got a Secret, where he demonstrated strobe flash photography by shooting a bullet into a playing card and photographing the result.
Clth, 9.5 x 12.5 in. / 224 pgs / 40 color / 70 bw.
Pub Date 1/23/2018
Catalog: FALL 2017 p. 41
ISBN 9783958293083 TRADE
List Price: $49.95 CDN $62.50
STATUS: Forthcoming | 1/23/2018
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Published by La Fábrica.
Text by Gus Kayafas, José Gómez Isla.
An array of hydralike tentacles surround a ragged white ring (the immediate aftermath of a drop of milk falling onto a table); a sensuous red shape being stretched out at one end by a dense black spot (a bullet, in fact, being shot through a candle flame). MIT scientist Harold Edgerton (1903-1990) devoted much of his career to revealing images like these--moments exponentially too brief for the human eye to ever glimpse in real time, which today are a familiar part of our visual lexicon. As an inventor and electrical engineer, "Doc" Edgerton created and patented a series of high-speed electric flash mechanisms that enabled his cameras to capture the tiniest slices of time, and produced a substantial body of work almost as a byproduct of his experiments and researches. In this respect, Edgerton's photographs can be seen as the surprising results of his adventures in mechanics, and as worthy successors to the earlier efforts of Eadweard Muybridge to divide up time and transcend the limits of the human eye. The literally arresting images collected in this survey of his career occupy a fascinating midground status between art and scientific artifact, and reveal Edgerton as a man magnificently obsessed with the paradoxes and wonders of motion.
Flexi, 11.75 x 11 in. / 92 pgs / illustrated throughout.
Pub Date 4/30/2011
Catalog: SPRING 2011 p. 96
ISBN 9788492841530 TRADE
List Price: $39.95 CDN $50.00
STATUS: Out of stock
Temporarily out of stock pending additional inventory.
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