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Of Course, an Eclipse!

Lewis P. Tabor
American, 1900–1974
Solar Eclipse, 1925
Gelatin silver print
The dual appeal of astronomical images as both information and art is exemplified by the work of Lewis Tabor. A professional astronomer at the Cook Observatory at the University of Pennsylvania, Tabor exhibited artistic photographs, focusing on themes of light, vision and technology, in the salons of the 1920s and 1930s. This bold image of the eclipsed sun—printed much larger than the needs of science alone required—allows us to study a
phenomenon that cannot be safely viewed by the naked eye.
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