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Harold “Doc” Edgerton


PhotoUtopia Intro: When the post war world was looking to the future for its inspiration, the art community fell in love with the work of a scientist. There is a simplicity and beauty in Doc Edgerton’s work, which allows it to hold its own today, in a world overflowing with such technical photography.


Harold "Doc" Edgerton (April 6, 1903 – January 4, 1990), was a professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is largely credited with transforming the stroboscope from an obscure laboratory instrument into a common device.
In 1937 he began a lifelong association with photographer Gjon Mili, who used stroboscopic equipment, particularly a "multiflash" strobe light, to produce strikingly beautiful photographs, many of which appeared in Life Magazine. This strobe light could flash up to 120 times a second. Edgerton was a pioneer in strobe photography, subsequently using the technique to capture images of balloons during their bursting, a bullet during its impact with an apple, or tracking of a devil stick motion, as only a few examples. He was awarded a bronze medal by the Royal Photographic Society in 1934, the Howard N. Potts Medal in 1941, the Albert A. Michelson Award in 1969, and the National Medal of Science in 1973

Official Site: http://edgerton-digital-collections.org/
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