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Lot 25 : HAROLD EUGENE EDGERTON (American, 1903-1990) PHOTOGRAPH

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milk drop coronet, 1959
sgn. and dated l.r. Harold Edgerton 1959; also sgn. verso in ink Harold Edgerton / MIT 4-405 / Cambridge Mass.
chromogenic print; 17.5 by 15.25 in. (sight); matted framed under glass 23.25 by 20.25 in.
Provenance: estate of Kenneth Clark, Boston by descent to his husband, the current owner.
Harold Edgerton, also known as Papa Flash, was a scientist and professor of electrical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) in Cambridge, MA. Edgerton became interested in photography in 1931. He is credited with transforming the stroboscope from an obscure laboratory instrument into a device employing it to generate extremely brief bursts of light for his photographic studies. These stop-action pictures made it possible to observe movements that were too fast for the human eye to see. In his milk drop images, Edgerton learned that the shape of the coronet was determined by three factors: the size of the drop, the height from which it fell, and the thickness of the film of milk on the surface from a previous drop. These studies are among Edgerton's most iconic images. The present photograph was printed by Edgerton at M.I.T. in 1959.
Surface appropriate for age, not damaged.
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Realized: $4,250 - Excluding Buyer's Premium

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