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Maker(s):Abbott, Berenice
Culture:American (1898-1991)
Title:The Science Pictures: Magnetic Field
Date Made:1982
Materials:Gelatin silver print
Measurements:Mat: 24 in x 30 in; 61 cm x 76.2 cm; Sheet: 17 1/2 in x 23 in; 44.4 cm x 58.4 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 1983.21.12
Credit Line:Gift of Joseph R. and Ruth Lasser (Ruth H. Pollak, Class of 1947)
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Metal being attracted to opposing poles of a diagonal axis.

Label Text:
Using small iron filings, Abbott illuminates the magnetic field emanating from an unseen permanent bar magnet. The field interacts with each individual shard of iron, dictating its orientation. Collectively, they trace out the arching magnetic field lines connecting the north and south poles of the bar. This photograph shows us the beauty that we never see, but is always present.

-Elizabeth Post ’18, Society of Physics Students, Mount Holyoke College (Oct. 2017)

science; patterns; form; movement

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