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.

Medical Photography Textbooks

April 19, 2012 § 5 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 That doesn’t mean the books that do exist are all outdated.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 »

How To NOT Use a Medical Photo

January 31, 2012 § 7 Comments

This is the official poster for the the 19th Workshop of the International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies (ISSVA). What on earth were they thinking? « Read the rest of this entry »

Collage

December 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Photos by Øystein Horgmo © All rights reserved.

A collage of some of my photos, used on the University of Oslo Medical Photography Section’s new website (Norwegian).

Happy new year!

Fotografie in der Medizin

October 13, 2011 § 1 Comment

Another day, another interesting find in the storage room rubble. The brochure “LEICA – Fotografie in der Medizin” (Photography in Medicine) was published by Leitz in 1961 (I think). « Read the rest of this entry »

Mugshots

September 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

Photo from the Museum of Photographic Arts Collections. Public domain.

If you ever got your picture taken in school you will know that photographers who shoot people tend to stick with a set of jokes and phrases they know will get the photos they need every time. Wedding photographers know how to get the look they need from their couples and us medical photographers know how to make our patients relax. Did I say the jokes work every time? Well, almost. « Read the rest of this entry »

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