The celestographs or coelestographs are photographs of the sky taken without camera or lens. The plates were directly exposed to the night sky for some time and then developed. The plates are now lost and only prints remain. August Strindberg thought that he had captured the stars so he called the photographs for celestographs.

The series was taken during the winter 1893-1894 in Dornach in Austria were Strindberg was staying with his wife Frida Uhl.

Strindberg distrusted lenses and thought they gave a distorted rendering of reality. The celestographs were therefore an attempt to produce a more objective view of stars and planets. He sent the prints to the French Astronomical Society, where they were discussed.

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