High Speed Imagery at the MIT Edgerton Center

Extend your perception of time in the spirit of Harold (Doc) Edgerton

Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Visit Doc Edgerton's darkroom for an exploration of high-speed imagery: capture an image of a balloon as it pops, take a photo of a splashing milk drop, explore high-speed video, and more.

Doc was a pioneering engineer and a key figure in modern photography. Through the invention of his stroboscopic photography in 1931, he was able to capture incredible stills of fleeting moments: everything from a bullet bursting through an apple to his famous “Coronet” milk drop photo. The stroboscope process works by using bursts of light to create the illusion of stop-motion frames, allowing for beautiful, clear pictures, instead of what would otherwise be lost in a blur. He would go on to use this technology to capture atomic test blasts for the U.S. government and underwater exploration with Jacques-Yves Cousteau.

The Edgerton Center was created in 1992 to preserve Doc’s legacy of hands-on learning. Today the Center continues its classes in strobe photography, electronic fabrication and more while also supporting MIT teams in engineering competitions, engaging students in service projects in developing countries and providing K-12 educational outreach. As Doc says "Work hard. Tell everyone everything you know. Close a deal with a handshake. Have fun!"

More about Doc Edgerton http://edgerton-digital-collections.org/


01:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Attendance limit


MIT Edgerton Center
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Building 4 Room 4-402
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02139, USA

Special instructions

Important note: strobe lighting (rapidly flashing lights) will be in use and is known to trigger seizures in photosensitive epileptics