Thursday, July 14, 2011

Navigating Between Science and Art

Portrait of a giant knight in his own kingdom - a cat flea
Great Owl Butterfly eggs

Martin Oeggerli, the internationally famous scientific photographer, has produced a stunning coffee table book of 104 pages of images from the near invisible world he studies. Martin founded Micronaut, a library of images using the electron microscope in the Swiss cancer research universities in which he works. You can see a preview of the book here:

The book has an introductory essay by Sibylle Sunda in which she says this.
Life on planet earth has been explored, catalogued and artistically fermented over and over again. Yet, there is a lot more waiting to be discovered - vast, imposing and utterly beautiful!
Martin's book is certainly proof of that.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

War photography The Guardian way

Adam Ferguson Afghanistan
There are some things The Guardian does supremely well. War photography is one of them, a lost art to most UK tabloids. The Guardian has put together this site of pictures with the title "The Shot That Nearly Killed Me" and it's brilliant. UK papers have lost those superb staff photographers with wartime experience who carried on Britain's great legacy of conflict coverage. From Terry Fincher in Vietnam and The Congo, Tom Stoddart in Sarajevo and Mike Moore in the Gulf War to the modern day cameramen in Afghanistan these men and women are driven people. There's no money in it and little glory. Occasionally there is tragedy, too. But they risk all to record man's inhumanity to man. It's as though they say 'somebody's got to do it and I will.'  Most are not careless with their lives but family men and women with loved ones. But they care about what is happening to the people caught up in the horrors we only hear about. I think they are great, every one of them.
Thanks to Karen Kay for pointing this feature out.