Wilson A. Bentley used a very specialized type of photography called photomicrographs in 1885 to capture the fragile beauty of a snowflake with a camera. Bentley went on to photograph more than 5,000 snowflakes and published his works in a book called Snow Crystals. The original book, published by McGraw-Hill, is out of print, but you can find a paperback version by Dover Publications for $14. For more information about capturing snowflakes photographically, visit

Bentley wasn’t the only one with a complicated process for capturing the delicate beauty of snowflakes, check out Backstory in the December issue, where Kenneth Libbrecht explains his snowflake technique (check out his images here:
—Melissa Macatee
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