Monday, September 1, 2008

Scientific: Astronomical Snapshots - 1911-1915

Partial Eclipse of Moon
1911, 16 November, 11:00 pm

Gelatin silver print
Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs


This exhibition on Luminous-Lint highlights the work of an anonymous British amateur who was taking astronomical photographs between 1911 and 1915. It includes a series of photographs of Comet Brooks taken between August 14 and October 11, 1911, partial lunar and solar eclipses and a variety of nebulae, galaxies, stars and solar spectra.

We may never know who took these photographs but there is a strange fascination with the slow build up of expectation over the sixteen photographs that make up the Comet Brooks series from the first sighting to its rise to brillance and eventual passing. His observations may have been curtailed by the First World War (1914-1918) but this is not certain.

Thanks to Christopher Wahren for his assistance with this exhibition.

There is an online exhibition on Luminous-Lint.

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