Helmut Völter, Marcel Beyer – Wolkenstudien / Cloud Studies / Études des nuages

2011  / 2. edition 2013
Spector Books
28 x 21 cm, 264 pages
German, English, French
ISBN 978-3-940064-99-8

• Clouds seen from the earth’s surface (fixed location)
• Clouds seen from the earth’s surface (varying location)
• Clouds seen from aircraft
• Cloud system
• Cloud movements
• Clouds from space

Clouds are fleeting entities – studying them so as to correctly classify, name and read their forms was considered in the 19th and early 20th centuries an important step in coming to understand the secrets of the atmosphere. In its early stages photography offered scientists completely new ways of depicting clouds. They used cameras to make precise, lifelike images, which provided in turn insights into the interaction of clouds and the atmosphere. Helmut Völter‘s »Cloud Studies« presents six different stations of scientific cloud photography, from its beginnings in the 1880s to the images made by the first weather satellites in the 1960s. Each of the six chapters represents a very different scientific and photographic perspective of clouds.

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Le nuvole sono entità fugaci – studiarle per classificare, nominare e interpretare correttamente le loro forme era considerato nel 19. e all’inizio del 20. secolo uno sviluppo importante per comprendere i segreti dell’atmosfera. Nelle sue prime fasi la fotografia ha offerto agli scienziati nuovi modi di rappresentare le nuvole. Le fotocamere venivano usate per creare immagini precise e realistiche, che fornivano a loro volta informazioni sull’interazione tra le nuvole e l’atmosfera. Cloud Studies presenta sei diverse tappe di fotografia scientifica sulle nuvole, dalle sue origini nel 1880 alle immagini realizzate dai primi satelliti meteorologici negli anni ’60 del 20. secolo. Ognuno dei sei capitoli illustra una diversa prospettiva scientifica e fotografica delle nuvole.