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Cutting the Card Quickly!

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Harold Edgerton (1903-1990)1964 (print 1977)USAdye transfer print27,8 x 35 cm

Harold E. Edgerton is regarded as a pioneer of high-speed photography, in which the film material is exposed by means of extremely short electron flashes. This makes it possible to produce single pictures which could not be perceived by the human eye in real time. The playing card is cut in two by a bullet from a pistol moving at a speed of some 3000 km/h. In order to capture this moment on film, it needed an exposure time of one two-millionth of a second. The average exposure time for a normal portrait photo at that time was 30,000 times as long.