Wilson Bentley is one of the first known snowflake photographers. He was fascinated by snow from an early age and worked tirelessly to capture detailed images of each unique snow crystal. His process involved catching each snowflake on black fabric and and then using a microscope and bellows camera to photograph them.
Between the late 1800s to the early 1900s, he perfected his technique by taking thousands of pictures of snowflakes. Scientists and professional photographers were initially skeptical of Bentley's approach, but over time he became respected for his innovative photomicrographs. Explore some of his photographs in the gallery — Bentley donated his original photomicrographs to the Buffalo Museum of Science.