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Wilson Bentley's Pioneering Snowflake Photography

Photography in 1885 was closer to science than art, and by connecting a bellows camera to a microscope to capture the tiny beauty of the flake, Wilson Bentley pushed the bounds of both. 

Bentley's Snowflakes

More than 2-feet of snow have been dumped on Washington, and it's easy to forget that each flake is unique. But the pioneering work of one man makes it easy to remember.

In 1885, Wilson Bentley began photographing snowflakes, managing to capture more than 5,000 of the tiny ice crystals before his death in 1931. More

Bentley's Snowflakes

Bentley's Snowflakes

Bentley's Snowflakes

Bentley's Snowflakes

Bentley's Snowflakes

Bentley's Snowflakes

Bentley's Snowflakes

Bentley's Snowflakes

Bentley's Snowflakes

Bentley's Snowflakes

Bentley's Snowflakes

Bentley's Snowflakes

Bentley's Snowflakes

Bentley's Snowflakes

Bentley's Snowflakes

Bentley's Snowflakes

Bentley's Snowflakes

Bentley's Snowflakes

Bentley's Snowflakes

Bentley's Snowflakes

Wilson Bentley's Pioneering Snowflake Photography

Photography in 1885 was closer to science than art, and by connecting a bellows camera to a microscope to capture the tiny beauty of the flake, Wilson Bentley pushed the bounds of both. 

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