Edward Weston's Lightbulb
Dark room lightbulb


Edward Weston


Darkroom Lightbulb


Creates the after-image of the last persons or objects in the room the light shines on.


It is only a still image (If used with the Durational Spectrometer, it allows the user to playback the images in full motion)


Running an electrical current through the bulb

Collected by

A. Wellington


Inside the Durational Spectrometer

Date of Collection

Jan 10th, 1938


This Safe-light Lightbulb once was installed in Edward Weston's Darkroom and was imbued with the ability to project a still after image of whatever was there in the past few hours.


Edward Henry Weston (March 24, 1886 – January 1, 1958) was a 20th-century American photographer. He has been called "one of the most innovative and influential American photographers…" and "one of the masters of 20th century photography." Over the course of his 40 year career Weston photographed an increasingly expansive set of subjects, including landscapes, still lifes, nudes, portraits, genre scenes and even whimsical parodies.


When an electrical current is run through the bulb and when lit, shows the motionless after-image of anything that has been there in the last 4 hours.


It was collected by Arthur Wellington in 1938 and was engineered with a set piece of technology to work as a projector piece for the Durational Spectrometer, making it the main component. With the engineered handheld device, designed for the bulb, it was able to project not only a still image but a moving picture.

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