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]"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 16," March 17, 1997–June 9, 1997.