The Science Of Sports

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American scientist Dr. Harold Eugene Edgerton revolutionized photography in the 1930’s with his addition of strobe lights into the medium, an effect which allowed split second motion to be captured.

It allowed for an increase in clarity and let us see what was once impossible to capture. In sports, this meant the contortions of muscles throughout their movement and the dramatic transfers of energy could be immortalised and studied.

Check out some of the original photos taken with Edgerton’s new methods back in 1935 below and for more info head to EDGERTON-DIGITAL-COLLECTIONS.ORG

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