Lot #121
Harold 'Doc' Edgerton Signed Dye Transfer Print: 'Diver'

Rare dye transfer print of Doc Edgerton's 'Diver'
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Estimate: $1500+


Rare dye transfer print of Doc Edgerton's 'Diver'

American scientist and researcher (1903-1990) who was a professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a pioneer in the development of flash photography; his most famous photograph is that of a bullet piercing an apple. He is largely credited with transforming the stroboscope from an obscure laboratory instrument into a common device, and he was also deeply involved with the development of sonar and deep-sea photography; his equipment was used by Jacques Cousteau in searches for shipwrecks and even the Loch Ness Monster. Limited edition color 14.25 x 19.25 dye transfer print of a stroboscopic photograph taken by Harold Edgerton in 1955 entitled 'Diver,' part of a pre-release of the ‘Ten Dye Transfer Photographs’ suite produced in a special limited run of 30 by Palm Press in 1984. The print features three images of former national diving champion and longtime MIT diving coach Charles Julius Batterman diving into an indoor swimming pool, and is signed in the lower border in black felt tip by Edgerton. Matted and framed to an overall size of 20.25 x 24.25. In fine condition. Accompanied by the suite’s rare and original cloth-bound presentation clamshell case, which measures 21.25 x 25.5. The consignor notes that the print and case were acquired from the estate of one of Edgerton’s colleagues at MIT.

Batterman (1922-2010) was the subject of some of Harold Edgerton’s strikingly beautiful stroboscopic photographs, which captured the diver at various points as he twirled through the air on his way to the water. But Batterman was perhaps best known professionally for authoring The Techniques of Springboard Diving (MIT Press, 1968), the first book to apply physics principles to the analysis of dives. The book is illustrated both with Edgerton’s photographs and with Batterman’s own pen-and-ink drawings.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Science & Tech
  • Dates: #622 - Ended December 08, 2021

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