Life

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Harry N. Abrams, Sep 1, 2006 - Science - 304 pages
One of photography's watershed moments occurred in 1965, when the cover of Life magazine featured Lennart Nilsson's photograph of a living human embryo—the first time life at such an early stage had been captured on film. His classic bestseller A Child Is Born featured stunning photographs of life in the womb and earned him the sobriquet “The da Vinci of medical photography” (Chicago Tribune). Now, in this major work, Nilsson's extraordinary images encompass a full human lifespan.

Using the world's most exacting equipment, Nilsson reveals the interior form of the entire human body and its intricate workings as never seen before, in a book that is as stunning to behold as its contents. Featuring thoughtful essays by both a noted scientist and a renowned editor, LIFE shines a penetrating light on all of life's fundamentals. One of photography's watershed moments occurred in 1965, when the cover of Life magazine featured Lennart Nilsson's photograph of a living human embryo—the first time life at such an early stage had been captured on film. His classic bestseller A Child Is Born featured stunning photographs of life in the womb and earned him the sobriquet “The da Vinci of medical photography” (Chicago Tribune). Now, in this major work, Nilsson's extraordinary images encompass a full human lifespan.

Using the world's most exacting equipment, Nilsson reveals the interior form of the entire human body and its intricate workings as never seen before, in a book that is as stunning to behold as its contents. Featuring thoughtful essays by both a noted scientist and a renowned editor, LIFE shines a penetrating light on all of life's fundamentals.

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Amazing

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This book is a great addition to anyones library. The pictures are absolutely breath-taking. Lennert Nilsson has got to be one of the best photographers of all time. The pictures will blow your mind. Read full review

Transcendent Photographs

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The photographs of Lennart Nilsson should be seen by everyone on the planet. They are mind altering. They give us a glimpse into the hermetically sealed universe of us before birth. The pictures are ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

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.

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