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Photograph - Bullet Through Plexiglass
  • Bullet Through Plexiglass
    Edgerton, Harold, born 1903 - died 1990
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Bullet Through Plexiglass

  • Object:


  • Date:

    1962 (made)
    1970-1989 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Edgerton, Harold, born 1903 - died 1990

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Edgerton Family Foundation

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 928, box H


1962 (made)
1970-1989 (printed)


Edgerton, Harold, born 1903 - died 1990


Height: 440 mm, Width: 370 mm

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Photograph by Harold Edgerton, Harold Edgerton, 'Bullet Through Plexiglass' 1962

Labels and date

Cameraless Photography

Harold Edgerton (1903–90)
Bullet Through Plexiglass
1962, printed 1970-1989
44 x 37cm
Museum no. E.579-1997
Given by the Edgerton Family Foundation

Edgerton was an electrical engineer who invented the strobe light. He used it mostly to capture rapid motion with camera-made photographs that recorded his experiments. Here, however, the exposure of less than one microsecond was made directly onto a sheet of film. It records the silhouette of the bullet shattering the Plexiglass, shockwaves and hot gasses, and marks where Plexiglass shards punctured the film.


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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