25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Film Studies of Impatiens, Vetch, Tulip, Mimosa, and Desmodium
An experiment conducted from 1898 to 1900 at the University of Leipzig used time-lapse photography to reveal the secrets and aesthetic captivation of plant movement and growth. The researchers photographed various types of plants for up to 28 days at a time to explain to the viewer the process of tulip germination or the effect of light on the movement of flower leaves.
„Many scientists strive for professorship. Also in former times. At that time it often was sufficient to be a student of Wilhelm Pfeffer to be appointed to a university.“ K. Mägdefrau
This film is in the public domain: https://av.tib.eu/media/12258
biographyWilhelm Pfeffer (1845-1920) was a German botanist and the founder of modern plant physiology. During his time at the University of Leipzig, he published an article on the use of photography for the study of plants and subsequently experimented with the chronophotographic recording of plant growth and movement.
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