Lateral Distractions

September 29, 2016 § 2 Comments

Photos by Øystein H. Horgmo © All rights reserved.

Photo by Øystein H. Horgmo © All rights reserved.

It can be difficult to get good lateral (profile) clinical photos of children , especially small ones. Both the photographer and the studio strobes are much more interesting than a parent snapping her fingers. So you have to come up with some distractions to get the child facing in the right direction. Here are two solutions we have found to work well. « Read the rest of this entry »

Clinical Photography in Norway

September 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

michael_3-16_omslagFellow medical photographer Bård Kjersem and I have written an article about the history and current practice of clinical photography at our departments at Rikshospitalet (the National Hospital) in Oslo and Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen.

The article is published in Norwegian in the Michael Quarterly journal (open access) of the Norwegian Medical Society. Read it here.

For foreign readers there is an automatic (and sadly not very good) English translation available here.

 

Fujifilm X-T1 IR Quick Test

May 2, 2016 § Leave a comment

Photos by Øystein H. Horgmo © All rights reserved.

Photos by Øystein H. Horgmo © All rights reserved.

We received the Fujifilm X-T1 IR for testing this week. I did a quick test shoot of the back of  my hand to show what it can do compared to a normal camera. « Read the rest of this entry »

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 at Taylor & Francis Online.

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

Here is an interview with me about the article (in Norwegian).

Here is a blog post on the same subject I posted a few years back.

More photos with mirrors can be found on the National Museum of Health & Medicine’s Flickr-page.

 

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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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.

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