Inv. No.S-0523
ArtistBerenice Abbottborn 1898 in Springfield, Ohio, USAdied 1991 in Monson, Maine, USA
Title

"the field around a single wire is circular"

Year1960s, vintage
Medium

gelatin silver print mounted on cardboard

Dimensions16 x 12 cm
Signature

artist's stamp on mount verso

Comment

Convincing example of the demands of scientific photography claimed by Berenice Abbott:
"I wanted to combine science and photography in a sensible, unemotional way. Some people’s ideas of scientific photography is just arty design, something pretty. That was not the idea. The idea was to interpret science sensibly, with good proportion, good balance and good lighting, so we could understand it."
"You scientists are the worst photographers in the world and you need the best photographers in the world and I'm the one to do it."

Berenice Abbott

S-0523, "the field around a single wire is circular"
Berenice Abbott, "the field around a single wire is circular", 1960s
S-0523, Front view
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S-0523, Back view
Berenice Abbott, "the field around a single wire is circular", 1960s
S-0523, Back view
S-0541, Berenice Abbott, "The Parabolic Mirror Has a Thousand Eyes", 1959
Berenice Abbott, "The Parabolic Mirror Has a Thousand Eyes", 1959
more infoS-0541, Front view
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S-0542, Berenice Abbott, "Light Rays Through Prism", 1958
Berenice Abbott, "Light Rays Through Prism", 1958
more infoS-0542, Front view
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