• Creator
  • Bentley, W. A (Wilson Alwyn) 1865-1931
  • Created Date
  • c. 1890
  • Description
  • Historic Images of the Smithsonian. A microphotograph of a "Dendrite Star" one of the seven basic shapes of snowflakes, photographed by Wilson A. Bentley (1865-1931), known the world over as the "Snowflake Man." Bentley photographed at 17 with a bellows camera that had a microscope inside. He photographed his first snow crystal in 1885. He devoted the rest of his life to exploring these fascinating forms and photographed more than 5,000 snow c... more
    Historic Images of the Smithsonian. A microphotograph of a "Dendrite Star" one of the seven basic shapes of snowflakes, photographed by Wilson A. Bentley (1865-1931), known the world over as the "Snowflake Man." Bentley photographed at 17 with a bellows camera that had a microscope inside. He photographed his first snow crystal in 1885. He devoted the rest of his life to exploring these fascinating forms and photographed more than 5,000 snow crystals. A self-educated farmer, he pioneered "photomicrography," the photographing of very small objects. Bentley's interest in snowflakes led to his more recognized profession as a researcher and pioneer in photomicrographical studies between 1885 and his death in 1931. Bentley become the first person to photograph a single, unique snowflake. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 31, Box 12, Folder: 17, Bentley Neg. # 591. Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu. less
  • Format
  • Number of Images: 1
    Color: Black and white
    Size: 3" h x 3 1/2" w
    Type of Image: Other
    Medium: Albumen Print