The Man Who Photographed Snowflakes

Wilson A. “Snowflake” Bentley (1865–1931), born in Jericho, Vermont, USA, is the first known photographer of snowflakes. He perfected a process of catching flakes on black velvet in such a way that their images could be captured before they either melted or evaporated.

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He photographed more than 5,000 “crystals” in his lifetime. His process was to capture them on a blackboard, and then shuffle them onto black velvet. You can see more of his collection here.

By Chris Tingom

Principal of Tornado Design, a Phoenix, AZ based web consultancy

3 replies on “The Man Who Photographed Snowflakes”

‘Wow.To think that millions of tiny cristals could be pictured on a blanket of black velvet. Wow. Now that we have the technology to have pictures of snowflakes,I wonder if we might be able to photograph wind.’

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