On November 1st, 1879 Thomas Alva Edison submitted his patent application for a carbon fire light bulb. The originally round glass bulbs where later produced in a pear shape. To screw in the bulbs Edison developed a special light bulb fitting that is still in use and the letter E (E 27) for the size indication stands for Edison. After visiting the Paris Electricity Exhibition in 1881 the engineer Oskar von Miller narrated: “The biggest sensation was a light bulb by Edison witch could be switched on and off by a switch. Hundreds of people where standing in line to operate the switch themselves.” (Michael Vorfeld – Glühlampenmusik)
The photograms from the series LICHTEN are detailed images of the light bulbs which where placed on photographic paper. Each photogram on silver gelatin paper is unique.
Series of 40 photograms from 2009 - 2017