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Maker(s):Edgerton, Harold
Culture:American (1903-1990)
Title:.30 Bullet Piercing an Apple
Date Made:1964
Type:Photograph
Materials:dye transfer print
Measurements:sheet: 16 x 20 in.; 40.6 x 50.8 cm; image: 14 x 18 in.; 35.6 x 45.7 cm
Accession Number:  AC 1996.64.7
Credit Line:Gift of the Harold and Esther Edgerton Family Foundation
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
1996-64-7.jpg

Description:
from Edgerton Dye Transfer Portfolio

Label Text:
Edgerton’s photograph made time stand still. He froze this image of a bullet ripping through an apple with a stroboscope, an instrument that uses bursts of flashing light to make moving objects appear stationary. The resulting image is aesthetically striking and scientifically significant, for making high-speed phenomena visible to the human eye in a way that shows “time itself to be chopped up into small bits and frozen so that it suits our needs and wishes.” Edgerton began experimenting with a stroboscope while teaching electrical engineering at MIT, and ushered in a new era of high-speed photography with his own stroboscopic camera design. He was also integral in the development of sonar, and photographed nuclear tests for research purposes in the 1950s and ’60s.

Tags:
speed; fruit; aggressiveness; destruction; geometry; beauty; symmetry; movement

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