How to Photograph the Invisible—a Quirky Guide From 1940

Behind the Lens illustrates techniques for photographing what can't be seen with the naked eye, including the movements of falling cats. Courtesy of the Prelinger Archive, the film stages campy demonstrations of time-lapse, slow motion, and Schlieren photography, the process of capturing unseen air currents on film. Because the documentary was produced by Jam Handy for Chevrolet, there is also an extensive sequence of a car's suspension system in action, filmed in slow motion. 

For more films from the Prelinger Archive, visit http://www.archive.org/details/prelinger.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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