Hdoc: The Photographer Versus the Spanish Inquisition

May. 18, 2020

Lodewyk Bendikson was a Huntington bibliographer who became a pioneer in forensic photography. Borrowing material from scientists working at Mount Wilson Observatory, Lodewyk was able to harness the techniques of astrophotography, using them to peer into the pages of rare manuscripts, as if they were the night sky.

The Hdoc series examines The Huntington through short documentaries that expose the archives, collections, and stories that make the institution unique.

 

Recent Videos and Recorded Programs

Lecture
37th Annual Succulent Plants Symposium
Sep. 11, 2020

The 37th Annual Succulent Plants Symposium was presented by Huntington staff via Zoom. During the program, four brief presentations by Gardens staff provided updates about the Desert Garden Collections, discussed recent construction in the garden, and took a look at ongoing efforts to document...

 
Conservator taking photo of finished Blue Boy
Video
The Blue Boy Returns
Sep. 9, 2020

One of the most famous works at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough, has been restored and reinstalled in the Thornton Portrait Gallery. This major conservation undertaking involved high-tech data gathering and analysis as well...

 
Inside tropical greenhouse
Video
Hdoc: Tigers in the Greenhouse
Sep. 4, 2020

In the summer of 1999, The Huntington was the focus of world-wide attention when it exhibited the first Amorphophallus titanum ever to bloom in California. That first bloom started our cultivation of this strange plant. We now have over forty mature "Corpse Flowers" and this is their...

 

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