Images from Science - Benefactors
An Exhibition of Scientific Photography
School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
Rochester Institute of Technology
Our Judges
Guest Essayist
Special Thanks
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Our Judges

Barbara Baker Burrows began her career with LIFE magazine 35 years ago as a picture researcher and was promoted to picture editor in 1987. Her major responsibilities included the coordination of the magazine's photographic coverage at major events, as well as overseeing the production of LIFE's special issues and book projects. She has also curated numerous retrospective exhibitions, such as those featuring the photography of Alfred Eisenstaedt, George Silk, and Larry Burrows. Her recent editorial work includes the book, One Nation; America Remembers September 11, 2001

Dr. Ian Gatley is the Dean of the College of Science and Director of the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at Rochester Institute of Technology. Dr. Gatley previously directed the Infrared Astronomy program at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Tucson, Arizona. There he headed the committee that developed area-array-based cameras and spectrometers, which have improved science productivity by a factor of millions. Further details about Dr. Gatley's career can be found at

Rick Hock is Director of Exhibitions and Program Design at George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, New York. He has organized several major exhibitions such as "Seeing the Unseen: Dr. Harold E. Edgerton and the Wonders of Strobe Alley" and "The Pencil of Nature: Photography's Trace and Transformation." He is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and his photographic work is held in several major collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 

Staffan Larsson is the Director of Medical Media at the Huddinge University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden. Mr. Larsson has been active in scientific and medical photography since 1973. He serves as director of international contacts and education for the Swedish Society of Medical and Technical Photographers (FMTF). Mr. Larsson also helped establish and now acts as Board secretary for the Lennart Nilsson Award - a prize for innovative scientific photography named in honor of the renowned Swedish photographer. 

Willie Osterman joined RIT in 1984 and is a professor in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, where he is also Chair of the Master of Fine Art Photography. He has lectured and taught workshops around the world on the subjects of creativity, the Zone System, museum practices, and fine art printing. Professor Osterman was the recipient of the RIT Gitner Prize in 2001 for his book entitled Déjà View: Bologna, Italy - recently released in its second edition. 

Richard Rabinowitz is the Vice President and Group Publisher of American Photo and Popular Photography magazines, a position he has held since 1991. He has also been executive producer of 32 television specials that center on photography, including the Emmy Award-winning, "Freeze Frame Switzerland" which aired on The Travel Channel. 

Susan Smith is the Assistant Director of Photography at National Geographic Magazine in Washington, D.C. She has worked for the publication a total of 31 years, and has served in her current capacity since 1990. Ms. Smith coordinates the magazine's summer photography internship program where she identifies and develops the talent of young location photographers and administrative staff. 

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Guest Essayist

David Malin worked for 26 years at the Anglo-Australian Observatory as photographic scientist and astronomer. There, his chemistry and scientific imaging background was useful in the three main aspects of astronomical photography, data gathering, data extraction and data analysis.

For data gathering he developed hypersensitising processes which can give enormous gains in speed to the photographic materials used in astronomy. For data extraction and analysis he invented new ways of revealing information on astronomical plates, a speciality which has given him an international reputation. These novel image enhancement techniques quickly led to the discovery of two new types of galaxy which bear his name. Malin-Carter 'shell' galaxies have extremely faint but large-scale features associated with otherwise normal galaxies, while in 1987 he discovered an extremely faint, uniquely massive 'proto-galaxy' which has since been named Malin-1. These are some of the faintest objects ever detected by an ground-based telescope and are the result of a photographic process that has been dubbed 'Malinisation'. Their discovery represented a significant advance in photographic astronomy, as well as being a major contribution to research on galaxies.

The several photographic techniques used in the research activities come together in a method for making astronomical colour photographs from plates taken in three separate colours. These are generally acknowledged to be among the finest ever produced and they have been widely published on the covers of hundreds books and magazines, including LIFE and National Geographic and as a series of Australian postage stamps. They have also been widely exhibited in international solo art exhibitions in Australia, Britain, China, France, Italy, India and the USA. He has also used CCDs for colour imagery on the AAT, but so far none of these images has made it into an art gallery.

David Malin has published over 120 scientific papers and a similar number of popular articles on astronomy and photography, as well as seven books. He is also He is also a well-known and entertaining lecturer on these and related topics. His latest book The Invisible Universe (Bulfinch Press/Little, Brown and Company, 1999). is a large format celebration of the beauty of the night sky, a subject increasing explored in his gallery exhibitions.

David Malin's contributions to photographic science and astronomy have received international recognition:

  • Elected Fellow of The Royal Photographic Society, 1983.
  • Henri Chretien Award of the American Astronomical Society, 1985.
  • Jackson-Gwilt Medal and Prize of the Royal Astronomical Society, 1985.
  • Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) from the University of Sydney, 1989.
  • Rodman Medal of the Royal Photographic Society, 1990.
  • Honorarary Fellow of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers, 1993.
  • Progress Medal of the Photographic Society of America, 1993.
  • Commonwealth Medal of the Australian Photographic Society, 1993
  • University of NSW Press/Eureka Science Book Prize (for A View of the Universe) 1994.
  • Appointed Adjunct Professor of Photographic Science at RMIT, 1996
  • Elected Fellow of the International Academy of Astronautics, 1998
  • Awarded Lennart Nilsson Prize, 2000

David Malin's e-mail is and his website is located at

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Michael Peres is the Chair of Biomedical Photographic Communications in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at RIT and teaches courses in photomicrography, photomacrography, and bio-medical photography. He has authored numerous publications, presented over a hundred oral papers, and conducted more than 30 workshops on such topics as "Imaging through the Microscope." He has also taught workshops on producing QuickTime Virtual Reality movies that have taken him to a variety of international locations, including Sweden, Tanzania, Germany, and Australia. He has been an active member of the BioCommunications Association for 24 years and belongs to the Ophthalmic Photographers' Society. He is currently serving as the Chair of the Lennart Nilsson Award Nominating Committee as well as the Co-Coordinator of the RIT Big Shot project. 

Andrew Davidhazy is a professor in RIT's School of Photographic Arts and Sciences and Chair of its Imaging and Photographic Technology Department. He specializes in high-speed photography and photo-instrumentation. He has published and exhibited widely and been invited to speak or present at conferences, workshops, and seminars worldwide. He was a NASA/ASEE Research Fellow at NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia, as well as the first Kodak Visiting Professor to Australia. He also served as guest instructor at The Institute for Photography of the University of Gothenberg in Sweden. Davidhazy received the RIT Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching and was granted the Professor Raymond C. Bowman Award from the Society for Imaging Science and Technology along with the Society's 2001 Fellowship award. He collaborated with Drs. Leslie Stroebel and Ronald Francis on an investigation for the House Select Committee on the assassination of President Kennedy and has consulted on scientific photography and photographic instrumentation for many industrial and governmental agencies. He is an active member of The Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T) and The International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE). 

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Special Thanks

From the beginning, we knew Images from Science would require significant collaborations in order to achieve the results we envisioned. At each phase of the project's evolution, we received valuable input, suggestions, and support that allowed us to reach the next step in the process. In the context of this brief statement, we cannot begin to express the gratitude we feel to all of the various contributors who made the book and exhibition possible but we wish to formally recognize their contributions as best as we can. 

Since first sharing the idea with the RIT community, we have received tremendous encouragement. Frank Cost, Richard Zakia, Paul Stella, Bill DuBois, Roberley Bell, and Patti Ambrogi all helped in brainstorming ways to make the project a reality. When the four-color catalogue became part of the vision, we received positive feedback from David Pankow, Curator of the RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection and head of Cary Graphic Arts Press. He aided in developing a preliminary publication plan and cost estimate that resulted in the organization of a mini-fundraiser. We extend very special thanks to the following Images from Science partners for their generous financial support: Elizabeth Garcia from Carl Zeiss, Inc; James Jarmusch from Topcon America Corporation; Henry Schleichkorn and Mike Fisher, owners of Custom Medical Stock Photo, Inc.; Laurel Price Jones and Deborah McKinzie from the RIT Office of Development; Dr. Ian Gatley, Dean, RIT College of Science; the Faculty Evaluation and Development (FEAD) Grant committee from the RIT College of Imaging Arts and Sciences; Art Shufelt and Bill Conger from Durst Dice America, LLC; and Dr. Hans Wigzell and the Board of the Lennart Nilsson Award Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden. 

A preliminary outline was all we had to propose to David Malin, photographic scientist from the Anglo-Australian Observatory in Sydney, Australia - yet he volunteered at once to write the guest essay for the book. His insightful words provide a strong introduction to the images selected for the exhibition. Dr. Joan Stone, Dean of the RIT College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, also extended her support by contributing a thoughtful foreword. Lennart Nilsson, one of the giants of modern scientific photography, generously endorsed Images from Science and submitted one of his most stunning images for publication. We are grateful to many others who simply promoted our idea, including Donna Sterlace, Roy Larimer, Kevin Langton, and a host of web sites and journals that shared the opportunity with their readers. 

Once the photographs were submitted, a prestigious group of seven judges did a wonderful job of selecting the work that comprises the exhibition. We first invited Susan Smith from National Geographic Magazine. Susan's immediate support was a huge esteem-builder that gave us the confidence to approach the remaining judges for our panel. They were: Mr. Richard Rabinowitz from American Photo magazine; Dr. Ian Gatley from the RIT Carlson Center for Imaging Science; Mr. Staffan Larsson from Huddinge Hospital in Sweden; Professor Willie Osterman, from the RIT School of Photographic Arts and Sciences; Ms. Barbara Baker Burrows from LIFE magazine; and Mr. Rick Hock from George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film. 

In closing, we wish to note that the production of this catalogue with its myriad imagery and technical complexities represents a formidable accomplishment. We wish to especially acknowledge the heroic efforts of Amelia Hugill-Fontanel, Production Editor, Cary Graphic Arts Press. She managed every detail of the production process with amazing skill and met every challenge posed by an accelerated schedule. Melissa Kaup-Augustine of Lizard Press handled the book design beautifully. Erich Lehman of RIT's School of Print Media was helpful in proofing the catalogue's reproductions. Finally, we thank our copy editor, John Sippel, and Laura Jaffe, Raymond Chan, and Julian Lui from InterPress Ltd. 

M. P. and A. D.

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Sponsors and Benefactors

Carl Zeiss, Inc. 

Custom Medical Stock Photo/, inc. 

Durst Dice America, LLC 

Lennart Nilsson Award Foundation 

RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press 

RIT Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science 

RIT College of Imaging Arts and Sciences 

RIT Office of Development 

RIT School of Photographic Arts and Sciences 

Topcon America Corporation 

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Purchase an Exhibition Catalogue

Images from Science: An Exhibition of Scientific Photography
Published by RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press, 2002
Laminated paperback, color illus., 8.5 x 8.5 inches, 144 pages
ISBN 0-9713459-9-6
$19.99 plus shipping (New York State taxes may apply)
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Micrographs, Astrophotographs, Stop-motion, Medical Photography
The remarkable Images from Science photographs from acclaimed photographers and institutions worldwide are united in this exhibition catalogue. The full-color reproductions and detailed captions offer rare glimpses into the natural world--sure inspriations in the classroom or simply for the inquisitive mind. The catalogue includes a preface by the RIT Organizers and an introduction by Dr. David Malin of the Anglo-Australian Observatory in Sydney, Australia.

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