Wilson Bentley

1865 - 1931

Wilson Bentley

Wilson Alwyn Bentley (February 9, 1865 – December 23, 1931) was the first known photographer of snowflakes. He perfected a process of catching flakes on black velvet in such a way that their images could be captured before they either melted or sublimated. Kenneth G. Libbrecht notes that the techniques used by Bentley to photograph snowflakes are essentially the same as those used today, and that while the quality of his photographs reflects the technical limitations of the equipment of the era, "he did it so well that hardly anybody bothered to photograph snowflakes for almost 100 years". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wilson Bentley has received more than 244,089 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 1,776th most popular photographer.

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Among photographers, Wilson Bentley ranks 71 out of 87Before him are Gertrude Käsebier, Andreas Gursky, Bob Guccione, Hiroshi Sugimoto, William Eggleston, and William P. Gottlieb. After him are Karl Struss, David LaChapelle, Spencer Tunick, Bert Stern, Roman Vishniac, and Francesca Woodman.

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Among people born in 1865, Wilson Bentley ranks 101Before him are Guido Castelnuovo, Gustaf Söderström, Uchida Kōsai, Arie de Jong, Robert Henri, and May Whitty. After him are Silvije Strahimir Kranjčević, Charles Sands, Elise Richter, Leónidas Plaza, Vladimir Bogoraz, and Alfred Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Northcliffe. Among people deceased in 1931, Wilson Bentley ranks 87Before him are David Starr Jordan, Günther Beck von Mannagetta und Lerchenau, Hjalmar Bergman, Albert, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein, Buddy Bolden, and Franz Schalk. After him are Emiliano Figueroa, William Orpen, Edward Goodrich Acheson, Alice Pike Barney, Art Acord, and Emilio Aceval.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Wilson Bentley ranks 5,027 out of 12,171Before him are Savanna Samson (1967), Paula Patton (1975), Clifton Webb (1889), Bill Johnston (1894), Sasha Alexander (1973), and Johnny "Guitar" Watson (1935). After him are Rick Husband (1957), Stephen Collins (1947), Charles Francis Hall (1821), Duane Eddy (1938), Damon Knight (1922), and Michael McKean (1947).

Among PHOTOGRAPHERS In United States

Among photographers born in United States, Wilson Bentley ranks 24Before him are Herb Ritts (1952), Helen Levitt (1913), Gertrude Käsebier (1852), Bob Guccione (1930), William Eggleston (1939), and William P. Gottlieb (1917). After him are Karl Struss (1886), David LaChapelle (1963), Spencer Tunick (1967), Francesca Woodman (1958), Sally Mann (1951), and Toni Frissell (1907).

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