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Tennis - Forehand Drive, Jenny Tuckey

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Harold Edgerton, Tennis - Forehand Drive, Jenny Tuckey, 1938 (negative); 1986 (print), gelatin silver print, Gift of Stu Levy and Cris Maranze, © Harold Edgerton, MIT, 2014, courtesy of Palm Press, Inc., 2004.65

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Title

Tennis - Forehand Drive, Jenny Tuckey

Artist

Harold Edgerton (American, 1903-1990)

Date

1938 (negative); 1986 (print)

Medium

gelatin silver print

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 9 7/8 in x 13 7/8 in; sheet: 11 in x 14 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature: Harold Edgerton, verso

Collection Area

Photography

Category

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

American

Credit Line

Gift of Stu Levy and Cris Maranze

Accession Number

2004.65

Copyright

© Harold Edgerton, MIT, 2014, courtesy of Palm Press, Inc.

Terms

gelatin silver prints

photographs

sports

tennis

Description

Like Eadweard Muybridge before him, Harold Edgerton promoted motion studies for scientific purposes, creating visually dynamic stop-action photographs. While Muybridge employed as many as a dozen cameras, their shutters releasing in rapid succession to make separate pictures of a subject’s movements, Edgerton used high-powered strobe flashes to arrest motion at up to one-one-millionth of a second. In this example, he freezes multiple instances of an athlete's movements and combines them into a single image, creating a photograph of the human form that is both scientifically valuable and visually inspired.

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