one pic monday. Alan Archibald Campbell Swinton

'Negative Discharge'. 1892

Negative Discharge, 1892
© National Media Museum, Bradford SSPL

It’s hard not to be seduced by this intriguing image by Scottish electrical engineer ALAN ARCHIBALD CAMPBELL-SWINTON (1863–1930). Entitled Negative Discharge, this photograph taken in 1892, records the abstract patterns created by electricity when it comes into direct contact with photographic paper.

SWINTON who was a key figure in early electric lighting industry, radiography and television among others, used photography to document aspects of his scientific work in early 1900s. This documentation is currently part of the exhibiton Revelations: Experiments in Photography at the Science Museum in London which examines how early scientific photography exerted an influence on the medium.

Revelations: Experiments in Photography at the Science Museum in London is running through September 13, 2015 . Please note also this exhibition will be on view at the National Media Museum in Bradford from 19 November 2015 – 7 February 2016.

found via JOEL RIFF


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