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Drop of Milk

Artist:
Harold Edgerton (American, 1903–1990)
Date:
1930s
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
20.0 x 25.2 cm (7 7/8 x 9 15/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.304
Rights and Reproduction:
© MIT, Harold Edgerton, 2014, courtesy of Palm Press, Inc.
Not on view
Using a stroboscopic flash to achieve exposures as fast as 1/100,000 of a second, Edgerton revealed aspects of motion and of the structure of the world not visible to the naked eye in real time.
Inscription: Signed in pencil on print, verso LR: "Harold Edgerton"; inscribed in pencil on print, verso UC: "Splash in a milk layer of about 1/2 cm."; photographer's stamp in red ink on print, verso UL: "H.E.Edgerton // M.I.T. 4-405 // Cambridge. Mass."; inscribed in pencil on print, verso LR: "PM 144"
[Pace/MacGill Gallery to Waddell, December 10, 1984]; John C. Waddell

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 8," March 14, 1995–June 11, 1995.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 47," September 20, 2007–January 6, 2008.

Variants see: Harold E. Edgerton, James R. Killian, Jr., Seeing the Unseen by Ultra High-speed Photography, Boston: Hale, Cushman & Flint, 1939, p.122; Stopping Time, New York: Harry N Abrams, 1987, p. 128. The variant in Stopping Time is dated c. 1935
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