In Focus: Animalia (May 26 to October 18, 2015)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), May 26 to October 18, 2015
Not currently on view
Harold Edgerton (American, 1903 - 1990)
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States (Place Created)
Gelatin silver print
24.1 × 19.6 cm (9 1/2 × 7 11/16 in.)
© Harold Edgerton/MIT
Gift of Gus and Arlette Kayafas
An electrical engineer by training, Harold Edgerton developed lighting and timing systems that enabled him to precisely capture ultra-high-speed motion, as well as action sequences in the tradition of stop-motion pioneer Eadweard J. Muybridge. Here a dove leaves a trainer's hands and spreads its wings to their fullest extent, revealing the complexity of its plumage and the aerodynamics of the tail feathers that stabilize its ascent.
Edgerton, Harold. Stopping time : the photographs of Harold Edgerton. (New York, NY: H.N.Abrams, 1987), p. 61 (variant).