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Maker(s):Abbott, Berenice
Culture:American (1898-1991)
Title:The Science Pictures: Beams of Light through Glass
Date Made:1982
Materials:Gelatin silver print
Measurements:Mat: 24 in x 30 in; 61 cm x 76.2 cm; Mount: 15 1/4 in x 19 1/4 in; 38.7 cm x 48.9 cm
Narrative Inscription:  INSCRIPTION: recto, lwr. l. (pencil): 31/60; SIGNATURE: recto, lwr. r. (pencil): Berenice Abbott; INSCRIPTION: verso, ctr. (stamp, black ink): BERENICE ABBOTT / THE SCIENCE PICTURES; PARASOL PRESS LTD.1982 / ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Accession Number:  MH 1983.21.10
Credit Line:Gift of Joseph R. and Ruth Lasser (Ruth H. Pollak, Class of 1947)
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Six beams of light shown being refracted off the left hand corner of a glass triangle.

Label Text:
In front of a dark background, Berenice Abbott draws our eye to the precise geometry of refracted beams of light through glass. Using fine powder tossed into the air, she contrasts sharp lines against the shifting gradient of light. Although the trajectories may appear to be random, the direction and angle of each is set by the laws of physics. Through these beams of light, Abbott illuminates the order at the core of natural phenomena.

-Gillian Hagen ’20, Society of Physics Students, Mount Holyoke College (Oct. 2017)

light; geometry; patterns; lines; science

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