Sixty years of holograms at Buckinghamshire County Museum

By Culture24 Staff | 09 February 2009
A picture of a hologram of a huge burning man

Pic courtesy Jonathan Ross and Buckinghamshire County Museum

Exhibition: Holograms – the First 60 Years, Buckinghamshire County Museum, Aylesbury, until March 21 2009

Sixty years after first being invented by Hungarian scientist Dennis Gabor in Rugby, the artistic quality of holograms continues to develop and surprise.

A picture of a glowing hologram of green shapes against a black background

Pic courtesy Jonathan Ross and Buckinghamshire County Museum

Gabor won a Nobel Prize for Physics for his work in 1971, the start of a period up until the late 1980s when holograms became something of a craze.

A picture of a man holding a floor above his head with a head and chair on it in green hologram

Pic courtesy Jonathan Ross and Buckinghamshire County Museum

Famous faces including Richard Hamilton, Boy George and Herbie Hancock are portrayed in holograms, as well as birds, animals, images designed to appeal to children and an examination of the practical use of holograms in credit cards, cosmetics, communications and design.

A picture of two figures in a green hologram

Pic courtesy Jonathan Ross and Buckinghamshire County Museum

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