An exhibition on the remarkable American photographer Harold Eugene “Doc” Edgerton is one of the highlights of this year’s Photoespana festival that has just opened in Madrid.
A professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology between the wars, Edgerton pioneered the use of stroboscopes and flash to capture high speed movement.
“His method was trial and error,” says exhibtion curator José Gomez Isla, “the results are paradigms of photography.”
Edgerton’s work explored the suprising effects of high impact collisions – it became famous largely due to serialisation in Life magasine.
“This is a camera that he made by hand out of wood. The combination of a camera with a fast shutter and especially the flash which is next to it allows the freezing of images to one millionth of a second.”
Photoespaña, the International Festival of Photography and Visual Arts of Madrid, runs until July the 25th.