How human life is born
Photographer Lennart Nilson spent 10 years of his life to remove the evolution of the embryo from conception to birth!
Nielson received international acclaim in 1965 when LIFE magazine published 16 pages of photos of a human embryo. These photographs were immediately reproduced in Stern, Paris Match, The Sunday Times and other magazines, bringing world renown to photographer Lennart Nilsson.
Since childhood, a microscope and a camera have been Nielson’s main hobbies, who wanted to show the world the beauty of the human body at the cellular level. Photos of the human embryo Nielson managed to get back in 1957, but they were still not effective enough to show them to the general public.
The cystoscope, a medical device that examines the bladder from the inside, helped him to obtain the most accurate and colorful images. Nilsson attached a camera and a light guide to it and took thousands of pictures of the baby’s life inside the womb.
So the skillful hands of Lennart Nilsson created a miracle: they showed the whole world the mystery of the birth of human life.
Sperm in the fallopian tube moves toward the egg
One out of 200 million paternal sperm cells broke the egg cell
Sperm section. The head contains all the genetic material.
A week later, the embryo, sliding down the fallopian tube, moves into the uterus
A week later, the embryo attaches to the lining of the uterus.
22 day development of the embryo. Gray matter is the future brain.
On the 18th day, the heart begins to pulsate at the embryo.
28th day after fertilization
5 weeks, 9 mm long, already guessed face with holes for mouth, nostrils and eyes
40 days. The outer cells of the embryo have grown together 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.
Through the thin skin visible network of blood vessels
18 weeks. The fetus can perceive sounds from the outside world.
20 weeks. Height about 20 cm. Hair begins to appear on the head.
36 weeks. In a month the baby will be born.
In 1965, Nilson's photo book A Child is Born was released, sold out in a few days. The book has sustained many reprints and still remains one of the best-selling books in the history of this kind of photo albums.
Now the pioneer of medical photography Lennart Nilsson is 91 years old. He is still engaged in science and photography.