Fr: Sec: Spine of Echinus x. 40

Frederick H. Evans, British, 1853 - 1943

Made in England, Europe

c. 1887

Platinum print

Image: 4 3/4 x 4 11/16 inches (12.1 x 11.9 cm) Mount: 13 5/8 x 10 5/16 inches (34.6 x 26.2 cm)

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Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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Purchased with funds contributed by Dorothy Norman, 1973

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Unlike many beginning photographers of the nineteenth century who experimented with straightforward portrait or landscape compositions, Evans's earliest trials with photography involved minute organic matter and required the use of a microscope. His complicated "photo-microgram" process allowed him to capture the intricate structures of objects including a water beetle's eye, tiny sea shells, and this section of a sea urchin's spine. Although classified as scientific rather than artistic imagery by the Photographic Society of Great Britain, this photo-microgram demonstrates Evans's ability to delineate the magnificence of organic patterns and presage his photographs that depict the structural beauty of cathedrals.