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Edgerton Demonstrates Stroboscopic and High-Speed Photography

Major collection: Science & Technology
Named collection: Harold E. Edgerton Collection
Object type: film: 16mm
Maker: Edgerton, Harold Eugene
Date made: 1966
Materials: Color stock both Kodachrome and ECO. Also B&W
Measurements: 389 ft.

A silent black-and-white and color film thought to have been created for a National Geographic Society lecture presented by H. Edgerton in 1966, although possibly this particular reel was created later as information suggest some footage was shot in the 1970s . The film includes a variety of images and topics, including MIT students learning about stroboscopic discs; the discussion of various stroboscopic photographs on display in the hallway of the fourth floor of Building 4 at MIT; demonstrations with pieces of mechanical equipment; demonstrations of how to photograph a bullet in flight; various applications of strobe light in microscopic research; and other attempts to photograph extremely fast movement. The film includes still pictures of bullets, fan blades, golf balls, hummingbirds, the inner surface of the eye, a rodeo, a satellite, and a lighthouse. Of special interest is a demonstration of a stroboscopic disc that reads 'MIT' when viewed in motion. The original 16 mm film includes Kodachrome, ECO and B&W stock spliced together.


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