Rudie Berkhout

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Rudie Berkhout

Rudie Berkhout was a Artist/Holographer from Leeds NY. He had an extensive list of publications about holography and regularly exhibited his work.

Born in Amsterdam, Berkhout came to the United States in 1974 with a background in engineering and lighting to study at the New York School of Holography. He later researched white light holographic techniques and pulsed holography at the New York Art Alliance laboratories. He created the first flat display system for holographic movies (Integral holography or holographic stereograms first developed by Lloyd Cross) while at the Holographic Film Company in New York (founded by cinematographer Hart Perry). Until this time, holographic stereograms had been viewed only in the round. Berkhout also designed and built a time-lapse recording system to enable artists to capture as much as four hours of movement in a single hologram.

A major contribution to the medium was his work in color control and image multiplication which resulted in his breathtaking "Twelve Milliwatt Boogie" first exhibited in 1979 at the Museum of Holography, New York. This stunning piece set a standard in white-light transmission holography with its boldly-colored geometric figures floating in three-dimensional space.

Rudie Berkhout passed away from a heart attack on Tuesday 16 September, 2008.