Snow Crystals

by Wilson A. Bentley

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Artist Statement

Over the course of his life, Wilson A. Bentley photographed an astounding number of snow crystals—more than 5000 to be exact. It’s from this extensive collection that the 20x200 curatorial team hand-picked nine of our favorite flakes and composed them into the single 3x3 grid image you see here. This snowflake assortment not only provides a sense of the broad range of Bentley’s photomicrographs, but also gives a collector ample opportunity to appreciate the meticulousness of Bentley’s work and the natural symmetry that made his subjects so dang stunning.

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+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Certificate of authenticity signed and numbered by our head curator is included
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available

Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches to allow for framing.

Medium:

Innova Fibaprint Warm Cotton Gloss

Edition Structure:
8"x8" | edition of 20 
11"x11" | edition of 200
16"x16" | edition of 50
20"x20" | edition of 10

Wilson A. Bentley

On January 15th, 1885, Wilson Alwyn Bentley became the first known person to photograph a snowflake. A farmer by trade, the Jericho, Vermont resident was no stranger to the snow. Dead set on documenting the remarkable beauty of snow crystals, Bentley tinkered tirelessly until he found a way to catch them on a black velvet background and quickly transfer them to a microscope slide—just long enough to photograph individual flakes in isolation for the fleeting moment before they melted into oblivion.Bentley would go on to capture more than 5,000 icy crystals over the course of his life, setting the precedent... Read More
for snowflake photography and informing scientific opinion on the subject. In fact, it was Bentley (in collaboration with professor George Henry Perkins) who first made the case that no two snowflakes are alike, solidifying that arctic adage. It’s no wonder the farmer-turned-groundbreaking photographer became known as “Snowflake” Bentley.
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