Clth, 9.5 x 12.5 in. / 224 pgs / 40 color / 70 bw.
Pub Date 8/20/2019
Catalog: FALL 2017 p. 41
ISBN 9783958293083 TRADE
List Price: $50.00 CDN $67.50
"Every time you use the flash on your smartphone or camera, you should give silent praise to Harold Eugene Edgerton. In the era of vacuum tubes and radios the size of tables, Edgerton created a way to stop the world; a bullet passing through an apple; a footballer’s boot connecting with a ball; the crown-like splash created from a single drop of milk. He was the first man to harness electricity to freeze time to an instant."
The man who stopped time: Harold Edgerton invented the strobe flash to photograph what the human eye can't see
- "Every time you use the flash on your smartphone or camera, you should give silent praise to Harold Eugene Edgerton. In the era of vacuum tubes and radios the size of tables, Edgerton created a way to stop the world; a bullet passing through an apple; a footballer's boot connecting with a ball; the crown-like splash created from a single drop of milk. He was the first man to harness electricity to freeze time to an instant." -- The BBC.
- Edgerton was an MIT electrical engineering professor, who pioneered the use of the strobe, unleashing the potential of photography.He was known as "Papa Flash"
- A MAJOR PUBLICATION: Published in conjunction with MIT Museum, Cambridge, MA This will be the definitive catalogue of Edgerton's work. There has been no substantial book published on Edgerton since 2000.
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Harold Edgerton: Seeing the Unseen
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 (1903–90) 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.
Featured image is reproduced from 'Harold Edgerton: Seeing the Unseen.'
PRAISE AND REVIEWS
"Harold Edgerton: Seeing the Unseen” offers a broad view of the photographer’s wizardry, and insights into his legacy.
Although Edgerton may have seen himself as a scientist first and foremost, influential figures in art and photography consistently praised the beauty and modernity of his photographs.
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/4/2021
It’s tennis time in New York City, and we’re celebrating with this 1949 photograph of mid-century women’s tennis star Gussie Moran demonstrating a power serve—reproduced from Harold Edgerton: Seeing the Unseen, Steidl’s classic monograph on the revered MIT electrical engineering professor and pioneer of electronic strobe flash photography. “For much of the twentieth century, Harold Edgerton’s brilliant images were ubiquitous, compelling to everyone,” Deborah G. Douglas writes. “His tools and techniques transformed entire professions from sports photography to maritime archaeology.” She concludes, “Through his photographs, this American original displayed an alchemist’s ability to turn the straw of industrialization’s relentless, systemic demand for efficiency for the ends of power and wealth into the gold of sublime awe and appreciation of human creativity in service to the common good.” continue to blog
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Pub Date: 8/20/2019
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