George Shiras and «Die Fotofalle»



Photos by KORA (above) und George Shiras © National Geographic Creative Archive (below)

For the deer that landed in the heart of the dark night in the photo-trap («Die Fotofalle») of George Shiras III (1859-1942), the fright must have been terrible. Shiras, who devoted himself with a lot of passion to animal photography, was satisfied: his experiment with one of the first photo traps ever succeeded. The flash machine consisted of three burning alcohol lamps and a plastic bulb, which sprayed into the flames on a flash of lightning (a kind of forerunner of the Molotov cocktail). Shiras used a second camera, which was triggered with a slight delay, in order to capture the startled animals. Only then could the movements be captured with the camera.

Until the end of March, eleven original photographs of George Shiras can be seen in the SCHWARZER MONTAG. To the work of the former National Geographic photographer and inventor of the photo-trap, a wonderful book has been published, «George Shiras - In the Heart of the Dark Night» (L'Intérieur de la nuit),  Editions Xavier Barral, which can be obtained at SCHWARZER MONTAG ( En / Fr).

On Monday, February 20, 2017, Fridolin Zimmermann, a specialist for lynxes, will talk at the SCHWARZER MONTAG about the optimal set-up and setting up of photo cases. We would be pleased to invite you to the event at the Westflügel in Zurich. Opening at 6 p.m., Talk at 6.30 p.m.

Following to the presentation «Die Fotofalle» (photo-trap) a small newspaper will be published (in German language only). The newspaper can be obtained at the Westflügel or ordered here free of charge. 

«Schwarzer Montag» im Westflügel, Viaduktstrasse 21, 8005 Zürich  |



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