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[Motion Study of Smoke Vortices Caused by Electric Fan]

Artist:
Harold Edgerton (American, 1903–1990)
Date:
1934
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
11.1 x 7.8 cm (4 3/8 x 3 1/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gift of The Harold and Esther Edgerton Family Foundation, 1997
Accession Number:
1997.62.18
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. Here his apparatus arrested the briefest of exchanges between a wisp of smoke and the blades of an operating electric fan.
Inscription: Inscribed in unknown hand in pencil, verso TLC: "12.283 [boxed]"; estate stamp with pencilled inscription, verso BRC: "12.283"; processing stamp, verso BL: "5 [sideways]"
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