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Optical Engineering

Forum: Strobe Photography: A Brief History
Author(s): Harold E. Edgerton
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Paper Abstract

The first known photograph taken by a flash of light from an electrical discharge (spark) was accomplished about 1850 by Henry Fox-Talbot in England shortly after he invented the negative-positive process that is used so widely today. However, electrically produced flashes did not become a commonly used method until quite recently. In this article I discuss some of the exciting developments of the recent past in strobe photography, and relate some of the history that brought about this remarkable revolution in the photographic world.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1984
PDF: 6 pages
Opt. Eng. 23(4) 234100 doi: 10.1117/12.7973322
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 23, Issue 4
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Harold E. Edgerton, Massachusetts institute of Technology (United States)

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