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Moscow Circus

Printed 1984-1985
14 1/4 x 18 in. (36.2 x 45.72 cm)

Harold Edgerton (aka Dr. Harold Eugene Edgerton) (Fremont, Nebraska, 1903 - 1990, Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Object Type: Photograph
Medium and Support: Dye transfer print on paper
Credit Line: Gift of W. Scott Woods
Accession Number: 2001.32.01


Beyond Tradition: Permanent Collection Photographs, September 27, 2003 - August 22, 2004, Historic Wing, Paul L. Davies Gallery, Second Floor, San José Museum of Art.

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Beyond Tradition: Permanent Collection Photographs

Using an electronic strobe that flashed at speeds of up to one-millionth of a second, Edgerton pushed the possibilities of stop-action photography. Although the first stroboscope was invented in 1832, Edgerton devised the modern apparatus in 1931 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In “Doc” Edgerton’s own words, “The stroboscope is an instrument that employs intermittent light to permit the visual observation of rotating or vibrating objects.” With these images, we can see how the stroboscope is used to shoot multiple, overlapping exposures, capturing the consecutive action of movement.

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