Obituary: Lars Olof Lennart Nilsson

by Geoff Watts
The Lancet – Published: 15 April 2017

2 pp. 846 kB
http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736(17)30959-5.pdf

When Lennart Nilsson first directed his cameras into the human body to record a series of startling but now familiar images of human fetuses, he created an impact comparable to that of photographs of the Earth taken in 1972 from Apollo 17. And just as the Earth images changed the way we view our planet, Nilsson’s pictures influenced our thoughts about ourselves. Both sets of images were strikingly beautiful – and both were inadvertently political. Conservationists seized on the Apollo images to make their case; right-to-life groups used Nilsson’s to make theirs.

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