Photography byJ. M. Eder & E. Valenta

Experiments in X-Ray Photography III

Photography byJ. M. Eder & E. Valenta
Little story

On November 1895 Wilheim Conrad Röntgen, a physics professor in Würzburg, Germany, almost accidental discovery of X-ray while working with a Crookes tube in his laboratory. Röntgen discovery was followed in quick succession by a flurry of proposed uses and their applications in medicine and science. For the first time doctors might visualize the interior anatomy of a living person without surgery. Josef Maria Eder and Edward Valenta described in detail their procedure and the improvements they had made to Röntgen's apparatus, they were pioneers in the field of photochemistry and in the development of specialized photographic films and papers. These images are ones of fifteen x-ray photographs published in Eder and Valenta's " Versuche über Photographie mittlest der Röntgenschen Strahlen (1896) ". These finely printed photographs are elegantly beautiful images of both man-made and natural objects. Many scientists chose to exploit the visual drama of the X-ray images. To the general public, these images where not medical diagnosis but rather spectacular glimpses into realms normally opaque to human vision.

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