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MIT Museum: Images of Discovery

Ferrofluid, Felice Frankel

Opens February 14, 2015

Photographers, image makers, and innovators Felice Frankel, Harold "Doc" Edgerton, and Berenice Abbott are featured in this new exhibition at the MIT Museum. While working at MIT, each photographer explored a range of scientific questions.
By using strobes, magnification, and other light-capturing strategies, they reveal their curiosity about the natural world and how it works. Visitors will learn more about using photography to examine the unknown through their exposure to these fascinating photographers.
In this exhibition, each photographer's work has been selected to showcase his or her curiosity and dedication to making the natural and the technological world more accessible to the public. Each photographer will be represented by over ten images that range in subject matter from swinging wrenches to soap bubbles. Interactive experiences will give visitors the opportunity to create their own images of similar subjects. A photostream of selected visitor images will be displayed in the exhibition and online.
Images of Discovery presents an exciting opportunity for visitors to experience photography as a tool for communicating about—and inspiring a passion for—science and technology.

About the photographers:

Felice Frankel is a science photographer and a research scientist in the MIT Center for Materials Science and Engineering. She regularly collaborates with scientists and engineers to promote the public understanding of science through visual expression.
Harold "Doc" Edgerton was named MIT Institute Professor in 1966 after a career as an inventor, photographer and professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT. His many achievements in the field of stroboscopy were applied to a range of fields from the military to archeology to underwater exploration.
Berenice Abbott is perhaps best known as a mid 20th-century documentary photographer. She spent several years in the late 1950's at MIT creating photographic imagery for the teaching of physics. Her images documented principles of physical science, while her innovative techniques advanced the field of photography.

MIT MUSEUM   265 Massachusetts Avenue   Building N51   Cambridge, MA 02139

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