Exhibitions/ Art Object

[Test Tube Shattering]

Artist:
Harold Edgerton (American, 1903–1990)
Date:
1930s
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
24.2 x 19.2 cm (9 1/2 x 7 9/16 in. )
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gift of The Harold and Esther Edgerton Family Foundation, 1997
Accession Number:
1997.62.1
Rights and Reproduction:
© MIT, Harold Edgerton, 2014, courtesy of Palm Press, Inc.
Not on view
Edgerton's 1932 invention of the stroboscopic or electronic flash quickly effected a revolution in photography by enabling artists to work in locations and under conditions that had never before been possible. Although he himself was a scientist, Edgerton's achievement with the camera secured his place as much in the history of photography as in science.
Inscription: Inscribed in unknown hand in pencil on verso TL, BR: "11.285 [boxed, sideways]", "Bullets"; estate box stamp with pencilled inscription, verso BR: "11.285"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 29," May 21, 2001–September 23, 2001.

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