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Written by: George Chittenden : 19 Jul 2019

This famous photo was taken in 1965 and appeared on the cover of Life Magazine. It was taken by Lennart Nilsson, a Swedish photographer and scientist. Nilsson began experimenting with new photographic techniques to create extreme close-up photographs in the mid-fifties. By the mid-sixties he was able to take ground-breaking photographs of living human blood vessels and body cavities using very thin endoscopes.

In 1965 Life Magazine printed a sixteen-page article of his work, which sold eight million copies within four days of its publication. This image even made it to space on-board the Voyager spacecraft, as the part of the golden record that contains pictures, symbols and sounds of Earth and her inhabitants.

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