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Seeing the Unseen

Major collection: Science & Technology
Named collection: Harold E. Edgerton Collection
Object type: film: 35mm
Maker: Edgerton, Harold Eugene
Date made: 1936-10
Measurements: 1000'

Seeing the Unseen is a silent black-and-white film that showcases a variety of examples of Harold Edgerton's stroboscopic and high-speed photography work. Subtitles introduce each new section. Clips include various views of milk drops, a cutting tool in a machine shop, a hot poker in brine, a 'gurgle gurgling' as water is poured from a large jug, a sewing machine, a coffee percolator, teacups of milk being dropped, muscles in movement and hummingbirds. Many of still versions of these images were included the book, Flash! Seeing the Unseen by Ultra High-Speed Photography, by Harold Edgerton and James R. Killian, Jr. (Boston: Hale, Sushman & Flint, 1939). The original film is a 35 mm camera original.


Related People

thumbnail Edgerton, Harold Eugene
1903-1990; electrical engineer; professor