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Preview: Artificial Light: Flash Photography in The Twentieth Century, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

In Art Museum, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photographer on June 3, 2014 at 2:45 pm
The Pendulum, Berenice Abbott

The Pendulum, Berenice Abbott

Photographers the world around have a love/hate relationship with the utility of flash photography. Philadelphia Museum assistant curator Amanda Bock has put together an exhibit of notable photographers who were able to master its use.

Explore diverse examples of flash photography, which gained widespread use in the 1920s with the invention of the mass-produced flashbulb. Hailed by many photographers for its ability to capture action and movement, flash aided in scientific pursuits including Harold Edgerton’s high-speed, stop-action prints and Berenice Abbott’s photographic illustrations of scientific principles. Flash also played an important role in journalistic and documentary work, as reflected in images by Russell Lee, Lucy Ashjian, Lisette Model, and Gordon Parks.

With it now open to the public until August 3, go check it out for inspiration, tips and some epicurean enjoyment.

For More Information: Philadelphia Museum of Art

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