Great Masters: Harold Edgerton

Every person is a miracle, everyone has its gifts, its quirks. Some leave their mark in the world, some leave it in the hearts of loved ones. Everyone is remembered for a shorter or longer time. Everyone is special. I'd like to highlight some great photographers and artist, I've had a chance to get to know personally or through their work. Here's the one, who have done so much for photography.

Harold Edgerton - The Man Who Made Time Stand Still


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Dr. Harold Edgerton was born in Freemont, Nebraska on April 6, 1903. He was raised in Aurora, Nebraska, then entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1926. He was one of the most significant inventors of the 20th century. Among his inventions was the strobe light, a fast-blinking electronic light that seemed to make moving objects stand still.

Edgerton was an educator as well as an artist. He had an artist's eye for the aesthetics of composition, and he had a quirky attitude toward the imagery that he depicted. Edgerton had fun with his photography, and he enjoyed sharing the fun, as well as the knowledge, with others. He focused upon imagery that would inspire a sense of wonder in viewers. His photographs seem to wave a magic wand that stops time and captures realities that are otherwise impossible for people to see or comprehend. His photographs illustrate such moments as: a bullet seen the instant it explodes through an apple, a perfect coronet formed by a milk-drop splash, and a football dented by the contact of Wes Fesler's booted foot. These images have become classics of modern art and science.

Edgerton's work was featured in an October 1987 National Geographic Magazine article entitled, "Doc Edgerton: the man who made time stand still."

Picture in this blog is not Edgerton's, its author is DT photographer Msg-s, but it is depicting well the work Edgerton did.


Photo credits: Msg-s.

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