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Marine Organisms

Major collection: Science & Technology
Named collection: Harold E. Edgerton Collection
Object type: negative
Maker: Date made: 1980

By placing them directly on the emulsion of his film and using a tiny electronic flash to expose the picture, Edgerton capured these miniature animals without a camera. Although this type of photograph is ordinarily called a shadow picture, the miniscule lobster is actually translucent enough for the flash to reveal its interior structure, This unique method allows scientists to study marine organisms while they are alive. (from "Stopping Time" (1987), pp. 148-9) (CC)


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