Einstein was a Photographer: Jennifer Smoose, University of Chicago

Berenice Abbott believed that photography was uniquely capable of bringing together art and science. She began her quest to prove this in the late 1930s, and continued through the early 1960s with the help of the Physical Science Study Committee at MIT.

Her photographs of light and prisms, electromagnetism, and movement through multiple exposures show the magic created when science and photography join forces. The ideas that Abbott explored in her Science Pictures Portfolio are still relevant in today's photographic world, and many artists are still grappling with them, as seem in the more contemporary photographs in this gallery. Energy (light) and time are still the basic elements of science, and photography.

Museum of Contemporary Photography

at Columbia College Chicago
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