Posts Tagged ‘M.I.T.’

Artist of the moment…. photographer Harold Edgerton

Harold Edgerton was a pioneer in the world of photography for his use of the strobe photography  to stop movement and in effect freeze time. Harold Eugene Edgerton was born in Fremont, Nebraska in the year 1903. For his collegiate studies Edgerton received a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He would go on to the M. I. T. for his postgraduate studies.

A brief explanation of his process:

After receiving his masters degree Edgerton joined the faculty as a professor. He would go on to earn a Ph.d from M.I.T.

Whilst working on his postgraduate degree he became interested in using the strobe light to capture instant moments in time. These moments could be a bullet ripping through an apple, a tennis player’s swing of the raquet,  the crown shape that appears during a splash of water, or the bursting of a balloon.

In 1934 Edgerton won a bronze medal from the Royal Photography Society.

If Muybridge is best known for his work with the horse, Edgerton is best renown for this work with a coronet of milk. Camera quality isn’t high def as this took place last century!

In 1973 winner of the National Medal of Science.

Harold Edgerton passed away in 1990 at the age of  87 years of age.

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $30,000.

If you enjoy this type of photography make sure and check out my posting on the work of Eadweard Muybridge. He was a British American photographer born in 1830 famous for his work of motion photography that captured movements in animals and people. Below a great example of Muybridge whose most famous stop motion work was that of the horse. Below an example of his work with a bird flying.

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Artist of the moment…….George Nakashima

George Nakashima was born in Spokane, Washington in the yer 1905. Nakashima is renown for his woodworking skills. For his collegiate education Nakashima studied architecture at the University of Washington earning a bachelors degree. Nakashima went on to earn a masters degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He often used walnut for his favorite type of wood.

In this clip we visit the home and studio of George Nakashima:

After college he bought a ticket to go around the world in a steam ship. He explored the continents of Europe and Africa and wound up in Japan. He was able to find work in Japan as an architect. Nakashima stayed in Japan and study their style of architecture.

Nakashima started to produce furniture in India in the late 1930s. He returned to America, but during the second world war was sent to an internment camp. Here he was able to meet a renown woodworker named Gentaro Hikogawa who would go on to mentor the artist.

After his release from the internment camp Nakashima would go onto design his own furniture and receive important commissions including a very large order for 200 works from Nelson Rockefeller.

price range information: Works range between $3,000 to $90,000.

The artist passed away in 1990.

In this clip we learn more about the artwork of George Nakashima:

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