Science and Photography Come Together for International Exhibition Opening at RIT

Images from Science 2 debuts Oct. 11




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Acclaimed scientists and photographers from around the world will share their scientific research, discoveries and observations of natural wonders to the public in a way not seen by the naked eye.

Rochester Institute of Technology will host Images from Science 2, an international photography exhibition featuring 63 photographs from various scientific disciplines including astronomy, biology, engineering, medicine, oceanography, physics and nanotechnology. RIT’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, among the premier schools for photographic education in the nation, debuts the exhibit on Saturday, Oct. 11, in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences Gallery, third floor of RIT’s Frank E. Gannett Building.

Viewers can see breathtaking images of the very tiniest of 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.

“The quality of the images is excellent,” says Michael Peres, RIT department chair of biomedical photographic communications and one of the exhibit organizers. “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. The award-winning Swedish photographer and scientist has been a leading supporter of the project since its inception.

An international selection committee chose the 63 photographs from more than 300 entries. The final images were selected based on their scientific content, aesthetics and difficulty in making of the photograph.

To accompany the display, RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press, the publishing arm of the Melbert B. Cary, Jr. Graphic Arts Collection at RIT, is producing 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 http://carypress.rit.edu.

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 different 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 one of the exhibit organizers. “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, call RIT’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at (585) 475-2863 or visit the Images from Science Web site at http://www.rit.edu/cias/photo/iis.html

Credit and Caption Information for Images from Science 2 photographs:

Aesthetic Imperfections, 2008
Hans U. Danzebrink, Atomic force microscope image
Caption: Dislocations in a photonic crystal arrangement of polystyrene nanospheres

Double Blast, 2002
Harald Kleine, Color Schlieren 35 mm transparency
Caption: Two spherical blast waves, generated by the simultaneous explosion of a pair of identical 10 mg pellets of silver azide, interact in mid-air between the two charges