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TO get split-second pictures of what the human "target" sees when a knifethrower is in action, Herald, Melbourne, staff photographer Frank Howe took the "target's" place. The knifethrower was Victorian travelling showman Smoky Dawson who outlines
his 'targets' with 1¼lb. machetes, com- mando knives, 2lb. tomahawks and heavy, two-edged axes. A second cameraman stood by to picture (right) Dawson hurling an axe and Howe using special synchronised electronic speed flash equipment at an exposure of 10,000th second
Below: Dawson's own "target" replaces the venturesome Howe for this shot of a modern William Tell act. Split second exposure shows Dawson's knife (top left) slicing into the picture bound for the apple stuck on a pencil in his assistant's mouth. In the lower picture the knife has struck, the assistant's eyes have opened and half of the apple is dropping to the floor.