Photography and the American Civil War

May 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York has an ongoing exhibition of more than two hundred photographs from the American Civil War, including a number of medical photographs.

In the video above curator Jeff L. Rosenheim talks about some of the highlights of the exhibition.

You can see 51 of the photographs on the MET website here, and 6 medical photographs here. CBS has made an interesting report on the exhibition.

Also check out my post on the use of mirrors in civil war medical photographs.

Hidden Gem, Hidden Photographer

April 19, 2013 § 1 Comment

Photo: Hank Walker, LIFE Magazine, 1957.

This photo is one of my absolute favorites. An accomplishment in both composition, lighting and planning it is a hidden gem of industrial photography. Hidden because it wasn’t published until 2009. « Read the rest of this entry »

Rasmus – The Medical Enigma

October 9, 2012 § 3 Comments

Rasmus has been in and out of the hospital for as long as I can remember. He’s kind of large for a rodent, he doesn’t say much, but he’s a likable fellow. For the last three years I have photographed him in all around the hospital, but the doctors don’t seem to find out what’s wrong with him. He’s had blood tests, bone scintigraphy and a PET-scan. He’s had a cardiac catheterization and high-dose chemotherapy. A few months ago he even underwent craniofacial surgery. What’s even worse is he’ll probably have to go through a bunch of other procedures in the years to come, and no one will get any wiser.

If it wasn’t for the fact that Rasmus (“mus” means mouse in Norwegian) is Oslo University Hospital’s mascot for children, and the star of numerous info leaflets, I’d be really worried.

To see larger photos with captions, go to my Flickr page.

Candy Brain

April 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

Photo by Øystein H. Horgmo © All rights reserved.

2 cm candy brain specimen shot on a double glass plate.

Medical Photography Textbooks

April 19, 2012 § 2 Comments

Photo by Øystein Horgmo © All rights reserved. Click for larger version.

There are not many published textbooks on the subject of medical photography, and no comprehensive books have been published after the digital revolution. That doesn’t mean the books that do exist are all outdated. Here are four textbooks we keep at our department and from time to time consult on different matters. Although dated, the books all offer relevant information on positioning of patients, best lighting practices for various conditions and ethical considerations. « Read the rest of this entry »

The Surgical Photography Ladder

March 14, 2012 § 1 Comment

The pictures above and the following text are taken from the article “Aufgaben und Probleme der medizinischen Photographie” (Tasks and problems in medical photography) by Wolfgang Müller and Waldemar Wirth. The article was published in two parts in the February and April 1967 issues of Visum – Das medizinische Bildjournal (Visum – the medical visual journal). « Read the rest of this entry »

Making a Tintype

March 9, 2012 § 1 Comment

A year back I wrote a post on the use of mirrors in vintage medical photos, with most examples from the American Civil War. The common photographic technique of that time was the tintype photograph. Check out this video from the George Eastman House to see how the process was done.

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