How human life is born
Photographer Lennart Nilson spent 10 years of his life filming the evolution of an embryo from conception to birth!
Nilson gained international fame in 1965 when LIFE magazine published 16 pages of photographs of a human embryo. These photographs were immediately reproduced also in Stern, Paris Match, The Sunday Times and other magazines, bringing photographer Lennart Nielson world fame
From childhood, a microscope and a camera were the main hobbies of Nielson, who wanted to show the world the beauty of the human body at the cellular level. Photos of the human fetus Nielson managed to get back in 1957, but they were still not spectacular enough to show them to the general public.
He was helped by the cystoscope, a medical device that examined the bladder from the inside, to get the most accurate and colorful pictures. Nilson attached a camera and a light guide to him and took thousands of shots of the baby’s life inside the uterus.
So the skillful hands of Lennart Nilson created a miracle: they showed the whole world the mystery of the origin of human life.
The sperm in the fallopian tube moves towards the egg
One in 200 million paternal spermatozoa breaks the egg membrane
Sectional sperm. The head contains all the genetic material
A week later, the fetus, sliding down the fallopian tube, moves into the uterus
After another week, the embryo attaches to the uterine mucosa
22 day embryo development. Gray matter is the future brain
On the 18th day, the heart begins to pulsate at the embryo
28th day after fertilization
5 weeks, length 9 mm, face with holes for mouth, nostrils and eyes already guessed
40 days. The external cells of the embryo fused with the loose surface of the uterus and form the placenta
10 weeks. The eyelids are already half open. Within a few days they will form completely
10 weeks. The kid already uses his hands to explore the surroundings
A network of blood vessels is visible through thin skin
18 weeks. A fetus can perceive sounds from the outside world.
20 weeks. Growth about 20 cm. Hair begins to appear on the head
36 weeks. A month later, the baby will be born
In 1965, Nilson's book of photographs, A Child is Born, was sold out in a few days. The book has withstood many reprints and still remains one of the best-selling books in the history of such photo albums.
Now pioneer of medical photography, Lennart Nilson, is 91 years old. He is still engaged in science and photography.