How Life Begins (1965)

Lennart Nilsson (b.1922)

Here is a real baby photographed inside the mother’s womb.

In 1957 Dr. Lennart Nilsson began taking pictures with an endoscope, a slender instrument that can send light into a body cavity and send a picture back to the doctor who is making the investigation. In 1965 Dr. Nilsson created a fascinating photo essay for Life magazine, and above you see just one of the pictures in that story showing how life begins in the mother’s womb.

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[1] “How Life Begins”. Lennart Nilsson. © LIFE Magazine, 1965. Accessed 8 July 2010.


[1] “How Life Begins” LIFE Magazine. Accessed 11 July 2010.