A Child is Born

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DTP/Seymour Lawrence, 1993 - Childbirth - 216 pages
Lennart Nilsson's 'A child is born' offers an unprecedented glimpse of life inside the womb. This edition brings revolutionary photographic technology and artistry to a landmark work. Packed with breathtaking, never-before-seen photographs and entirely new text, this awesome journey from fertilization to birth is a timeless masterpiece - completely revised for a new generation.

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About the author (1993)

Lars Olof Lennart Nilsson was born in Strangnas, Sweden on August 24, 1922. He received his first camera when he was 11. At the age of 15, he began taking microphotographs of bugs after seeing a documentary film about Louis Pasteur. He began his freelance career covering the liberation of Nazi-occupied Norway in the last days of World War II. After the war, he produced photo essays on a polar bear hunt and on a midwife who delivered 1,500 children in the Swedish mountains. He turned to microphotography after becoming fascinated by a fetus in a glass jar at Sabbatsbergs Hospital in Stockholm. Life published his first picture of an embryo in 1953. His first collection followed a human embryo's maturation from the instant a sperm cell fertilizes an egg. His photographs appeared in Life magazine in 1965 under the title The Drama of Life Before Birth. It was later expanded in book form as A Child Is Born. His other projects used micro-cameras to expose cerebral hemorrhages, the virus that causes AIDS, and tar-laden smokers' lungs. His other books included Behold Man: A Photographic Journey of Discovery Inside the Body. He also created documentaries including The Miracle of Life and Odyssey of Life. His films won three Emmy Awards. He died on January 28, 2017 at the age of 94.

Lennart Nilsson, long been considered the world's leading medical and scientific photographer has contributed to "Life," "Time," "National Geographic," "Reader's Digest," and other leading magazines worldwide. His books have sold millions of copies and have been translated into twenty languages. He is the recipient of two Emmys for his film The Saga of Life and TV series The Miracle of Life. Nilsson has an honorary MD from the prestigious Karolinska Institute, Sweden, awarded for his scientific discoveries.
Lars Hamberger is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Goteborg University in Sweden, and heads a laboratory and university clinic that is one of Europe's leading centers for research in human reproduction.

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