Mirrors in Early Clinical Photography

February 1, 2016 § 4 Comments

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Left: Wikimedia Commons. Right: National Museum of Health and Medicine. Creative Commons.

I have published a paper in the Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine called Mirrors in Early Clinical Photography (1862-1882): A Descriptive Study.

Abstract:
In the mid-19th century, photographers used mirrors to document different views of a patient in the same image. The first clinical photographs were taken by portrait photographers. As conventions for clinical photography were not yet established, early clinical photographs resemble contemporary portraits. The use of mirrors in clinical photography probably originated from the portrait studios, as several renowned photographers employed mirrors in their studio portraits. Clinical photographs taken for the US Army Medical Museum between 1862 and 1882 show different ways of employing this mirror technique.

The full article is available for free (50 first copies) at Taylor & Francis Online.

If you are interested in reading the article and do not have access, please contact me.

Errata:
Reference 13 is incorrectly attributed to the University of California. The correct reference is:

Pitts T. William Bell: Philadelphia photographer [Master thesis]. Tucson: University of Arizona; 1987:12-25.

The document is available online here.

 

Early medical photography reenacted

April 19, 2015 § Leave a comment

Photo: Vidar Ibenfeldt © 2015. Used with kind permission.

Photo: Vidar Ibenfeldt © 2015. Used with kind permission.

Last weekend I attended the Norwegian Institutional Photographer’s annual conference in Bergen. The most interesting happening was a reenactment of what must be one of the first instances of standardized medical photography in Norway.
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Another way to focus

July 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

I have always used to auto focus by pressing the shutter release half way down. Focus, re-compose and shoot. But six months ago I tried changing to back button focusing, after watching the video above. I haven’t gone back. « Read the rest of this entry »

Sanctuary

January 3, 2014 § Leave a comment

Photo by Kathy Phillips, U.S. National Archives. Public domain.

A young father bottle-fed his 15-day-old son in our waiting room. The son had a rare syndrome and the bottle was fitted to his condition. Milk was spilling out. The father kept on feeding, talking to his son and wiping his chin. « Read the rest of this entry »

Click the Sick

January 2, 2014 § 2 Comments

Kaushik Ghosh is ready to shoot an orthopaedic surgery (Photo: Sayantan Bera)

Kaushik Ghosh is ready to shoot an orthopaedic surgery (Photo: Sayantan Bera)

The latest issue of Down To Earth, India’s only science and environment fortnightly runs an article about medical photography. The journalist chose to open the piece with some quotes from posts I’ve done here on The Sterile Eye.

The article examines the state of medical photography in India today and the interview with Kaushik Ghosh, one of the country’s few trained medical photographers, is especially interesting.

Read the article in Down To Earth here.

If you want to read the quoted blog posts in full, go to A Sudden Jolt of Sadness and The Opposite of Fashion.

The Sterile Eye on Flickr

August 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

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You may have noticed that I haven’t been writing all that much this year. The pace will hopefully pick up some time soon. In the meantime I have stepped up my photo sharing. Head over to my Flickr photostream to see lots of new and old photos. And although I look forward to writing more again, writing about music photography is a bit like dancing about architecture.

Wilhelm

July 22, 2013 § 1 Comment

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Wilhelm, a set on Flickr.

This is a photo series I shot of Wilhelm, a Norwegian Romani. The photos were taken in 2011 outside Oslo prison, where he was locked up for some time as a youth.

A strong and wise man.

The photos were taken for a project called Romanimanus rakrar avri! – The Romani People’s Own Stories.

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