Images from Science 2 Exhibition Opens in Dayton, Ohio, Feb. 23
ArtStreet at University of Dayton welcomes highly acclaimed photography showcase
Feb. 10, 2009
by Kelly Downs
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Remarkable images captured by acclaimed scientists, astronomers and oceanographers will be among those featured in an international photography exhibition produced by Rochester Institute of Technology.
Images from Science 2 opens at ArtStreet at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, on Monday, Feb. 23. This is the first opening for this traveling exhibition since it debuted at RIT’s upstate New York campus last October. The show runs through March 26.
The exhibition of 61 photographs provides a spectacular view of discoveries and research seen inside laboratories and observatories. Various scientific disciplines are represented including astronomy, biology, engineering, medicine, oceanography, physics and nanotechnology. An international selection committee chose the final images from more than 300 entries based on their scientific content, aesthetics and difficulty in making.
“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.”
Images from Science 2 is an encore photography exhibition to the original that debuted in 2002. Since that time, the inaugural exhibition has been hosted by 23 organizations in seven different countries, most recently in the Czech Republic.
The exhibits are the brainchild of Michael Peres and Andrew Davidhazy, professors in RIT’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences.
“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.”
To accompany Images from Science 2, RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press, the publishing arm of the Melbert B. Cary Jr. Graphic Arts Collection at RIT, 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 can be purchased online at http://carypress.rit.edu and www.amazon.com.
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://images.rit.edu.
About RIT: Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized for academic leadership in computing, engineering, imaging technology, and fine and applied arts, in addition to unparalleled support services for students with hearing loss. Nearly 16,500 full- and part-time students are enrolled in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs at RIT, and its cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation.
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About ArtStreet: The University of Dayton launched ArtStreet in Fall 2004. An architecturally innovative multi-arts facility and residence, the design of ArtStreet to support its arts-based living/learning philosophy is distinctive among U.S. universities. Through its unique environment and diverse range of programs designed to involve all students, ArtStreet fosters student exploration of arts and culture, and cross-disciplinary creative collaboration to connect living and learning both within and outside of the classroom setting. For more information on ArtStreet, visit our website at http://artstreet.udayton.edu
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
Octopus Paralarvae, 2000
David Paul, photograph, color positive film
Caption: Photographed on the Coral Sea, Far North Queensland, this octopus paralarvae is a pelagic juvenile of an unknown species collected at night over deep water. Actual size is about 15 mm top to bottom.