Exhibitions/ Art Object

Bullet Splash

Artist:
Harold Edgerton (American, 1903–1990)
Date:
1940s
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
22.7 cm x 17.8 cm. (8 15/16 in. x 7 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1996
Accession Number:
1996.40.3
Rights and Reproduction:
© MIT, Harold Edgerton, 2014, courtesy of Palm Press, Inc.
Not on view
Using a stroboscopic flash to achieve exposures as fast as 1/1,000,000 of a second, Edgerton revealed aspects of motion and of the structure of the world not visible to the naked eye in real time. Here he recorded the powerful "splash" as a bullet collides with a steel block.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil, verso, TC: "Bullet splash//ca. 1930s or 40s//$2,000"; TLC: adhesive label reads "Harold E. Edgerton//Mass. Inst. of Technology//Cambridge Massachusetts"; TRC, in pencil: "0850.4"; stamped in ink: "11001"
Charles Isaacs

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