The J. Paul Getty Museum

Rising Dove

Object Details

Title:

Rising Dove

Artist/Maker:

Harold Edgerton (American, 1903 - 1990)

Culture:

American

Place:

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States (Place Created)

Date:

about 1934

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Object Number:

93.XM.3.6

Dimensions:

24.1 × 19.6 cm (9 1/2 × 7 11/16 in.)

Copyright:

© Harold Edgerton/MIT

Credit Line:

Gift of Gus and Arlette Kayafas

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Object Description

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.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
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
Bibliography
Bibliography

Edgerton, Harold. Stopping time : the photographs of Harold Edgerton. (New York, NY: H.N.Abrams, 1987), p. 61 (variant).