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Images from Science renews photographic spectacle


Cover of the full-color catalog, Images from Science 2, featuring an image of an octopus paralarvae.

Photo submitted by David Paul

Acclaimed scientists and photographers from around the world will share their scientific research, discoveries and observations of natural wonders in an international photography exhibition opening this month at RIT.

RIT’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences will host Images from Science 2 featuring 61 photographs from various scientific disciplines including astronomy, biology, engineering, medicine, oceanography, physics and nanotechnology. The opening, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11, takes place in SPAS Gallery, third floor of the Frank E. Gannett Building. The show runs through Oct. 25.

Viewers can see breathtaking images of the tiniest things, from an unknown species of octopus measuring a half-inch in length to nanospheres with a diameter 300 times smaller than a human hair.

To accompany the display, RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press produced a full-color companion catalog of all the images in the exhibition. The publication features an introduction by Martin Scott, a former director of scientific imaging at Eastman Kodak Co. The catalog will be available for purchase online through the RIT Cary Graphic Art Press at carypress.rit.edu and www.amazon.com.

“The quality of the images is excellent,” says Michael Peres, RIT department chair of biomedical photographic communications, and an exhibit organizer. “All the traditional imaging methods are utilized, including micrography, high-speed nature photography, macro photography, but also some obscure methods such as scanning tunneling microscopy and radiography. It’s fascinating to see what people are currently doing in their respective scientific fields and the types of images they are producing.”

Scientists, photographers and worldwide institutions submitted entries for consideration. A photograph from Lennart Nilsson, a pioneer in medical photography, is among the images in the new exhibit. An international selection committee chose the 61 images from more than 300 entries. The final images were selected based on their scientific content, aesthetics and difficulty in making the photograph.

In fall 2002, RIT launched the inaugural Images from Science exhibition. Since that time, Images from Science has been hosted by 23 organizations in seven countries, most recently in the Czech Republic.

“The first exhibition was so successful and far reaching because of the work produced by its outstanding contributors,” says Andrew Davidhazy, RIT department chair of imaging and photographic technology, and exhibit organizer. “Its longevity can be attributed to the stunning photographs that depict life as it is seldom seen by the general public. With this second exhibit, we wanted to once again emphasize to the photographic community that images made other than for artistic purposes can be appreciated not only for their scientific content, but also for their aesthetics.”

Adobe Systems Inc., Carl Zeiss MicroImaging Inc. and Durst Image Technology are sponsoring the project.

For more information, visit images.rit.edu.

Kelly Downs

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