GEORGE SHIRAS – IN THE HEART OF THE DARK NIGHT

A keen observer of the animal world and a pioneer of wildlife photography, George Shiras was also the first, at the turn of the 20th century, to reveal the nocturnal lives of forest animals through surprising flash photographs. From mobile shots on his canoe to photographic tricks he developed (when the animal triggers itself the shot by running into a thread), he was able to capture deers, lynx, porcupines, and various birds.

In 1935, Shiras published Hunting Wild Life with Camera and Flashlight : a Record of Sixty Five years’ Visits to the Woods and Waters of North America a two-volume set of over 960 of his wildlife photographs including some of the earliest ‘flash’ photography.

Collections of his papers are held at the National Library of Medicine and the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives