1865-1931 (Vermont, USA)
An entrepreneurial Vermont farmer and micro-pioneer Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley dedicated his life's work to photographing a five-thousand strong army of eternalised snow crystals.
It was the scientific abstractions of this pioneering image-maker which led to a greater understanding of the uniqueness, importance and beauty of this natural form. Yet Bentley was far more than a passionate hobbyist. He was an adventurer who realised the potential of microphotography and used it to capture the impossible individuality of each and every snowflake.
Now, over a hundred years later, Bentley's achievements are finally gaining traction not only as science, but as art. He was celebrated with a showcase in THE KEEPER - an exhibition dedicated to the collecting and hoarding at the New Museum in New York and also featured in the first significant show of Bentley in the UK at The Gallery of Everything.
JOURNEYS INTO THE OUTSIDE, The Gallery of Everything (London) 2016/7
The Keeper, New Museum (New York) 2016
EXHIBITION #6, THE KUNSTHAL OF EVERYTHING (Rotterdam) 2016
SNOWFLAKE MAN, Duncan Blanchard (McDonald and Woodward) 1998
SNOWFLAKE BENTLEY, Gloria May Stoddard (New England Press) 1985
WILSON BENTLEY, Douglas Prior (Arizona State University) 1984
SNOW CRYSTALS, WILSON A. BENTLEY AND WILLIAM J. HUMPHREYS (MCGRAW HILL) 1931