The Man Who Made Time Stand Still - The Photographs of Harold Edgerton
The iconic photographs of American artist and engineer Harold “Doc” Edgerton (1903-1990) offer a view of the undetectable. Edgerton’s photographic experiments with strobe lights at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the 1930s led to the invention of a new flash device that captured stillness in motion, transforming moments that occur in the blink of an eye into events worth seeing. After the Second World War, the photographer that National Geographic magazine called “the man who made time stand still” turned his camera and strobe light to recording liquid droplet formation, the impact of a bullet on a variety of objects, and the corporeal movements of animals and athletes.
Harold Edgerton, Bullet Through Apple, 1984. Dye-transfer print. Winnipeg Art Gallery; Gift of Angela & David Feldman, the Menkes Family, Marc & Alex Musso, Tory Ross, the Rose Baum-Sommerman Family & Shabin & Nadir Mohamed 2013-88. Photo: Ernest Mayer. ©2010 MIT