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Robert Buelteman : electophotography of flowers
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Popularly recognized as "Kirlian Photography", the electrical component of this method is associated with Semyon and Valentina Kirlian, Russian scientists who devoted their lives to the search for the new and the cultivation of the hidden. As for contact imaging, this technique is as old as photography itself, having been used by English gentleman Henry Fox Talbot in 1834 in his earliest experiment with silver-nitrate paper which is considered by some to be the birth of photography.


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