Fr: Sec: Spine of Echinus x. 40

Frederick H. Evans, British, 1853 - 1943

Geography:
Photograph taken in England, Europe

Date:
c. 1887

Medium:
Platinum print

Dimensions:
Image and sheet: 4 3/4 × 4 5/8 inches (12 × 11.8 cm) Mount (primary): 5 7/16 × 5 3/16 inches (13.8 × 13.2 cm) Mount (secondary): 5 1/2 × 5 1/4 inches (14 × 13.4 cm) Mount (tertiary): 6 3/4 × 6 1/4 inches (17.1 × 15.8 cm) Mount (quaternary): 6 15/16 × 6 7/16 inches (17.6 × 16.3 cm) Mount (quinary): 13 11/16 × 10 7/16 inches (34.7 × 26.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1973-197-65

Credit Line:
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.