A contemporary mash-up.

We feature selected photographs of biologic specimens taken under a microscope. The subjects range in scale from the sub-cellular to the macroscopic, and are selected on the basis of their abstract qualities. Intricate patterns that underlie the anatomical function of living organisms provide great visual appeal, and harbor an interesting backstory. Our mission is to make these wonderful photos, and the micro-world they depict, widely viewed and accessible through contemporary art.

From microscopic to modern art.

Consider the planthopper insect. These small creatures resemble leaves and spend their days hopping about. It turns out that planthoppers possess an anatomical feature unique in the animal kingdom: precisely formed gears in their legs which help them synchronize leaping motion. In the example below, the leg of a planthopper nymph (left) was viewed through a confocal microscope (middle) and an image was captured in a 'photomicrograph' (right). This photo was produced by Igor Siwanowicz, who is well known for his unique subject matter and visual style.

Award-winning photographers.

Igor Siwanowicz is an accomplished structural biologist turned photographer. He has world renowned for his macrophotography of insects, reptiles, and other creatures. Numerous articles feature his works, and several books are dedicated to his works, including "Animals Up Close" and "Monsters Among Us". In addition to his macrophotography, Igor frequently features stunning microphotographs in both the Nikon Small World Imaging Competition and the Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition, having taken first prize on multiple occasions.


Frank Fox is an engineer at the University of Trier in Germany. For many years he has been engaged in micro and macro photography and has won several prizes at in both the Nikon Small World Imaging Competition and the Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition. His photos can be found in many magazines and books. Recently he worked on the German nature film "Magie der Moore", directed byJan Haft.


John Huisman is an algal taxonomist and research fellow based in Western Australia. He has authored 150 research articles and six books, including Algae of Australia: Marine Benthic Algae of North-Western Australia. John is also an expert in identification of macroalgae and phytoplankton and as such has been involved in environmental and pest surveys. As a photographer he specializes in underwater macrophotography of corals and other reef species, and in microphotography of marine plants featured in the Nikon Small World Imaging Competition.


Thomas Deerinck is a scientist at the National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research (NCMIR), University of California San Diego (UCSD), where he has been at the forefront of imaging research for over thirty-five years. He is a well known figure among the photo photomicrography community and winner of both the Nikon Small World Imaging Competition and the Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition. His images have been featured in numerous museum shows, periodicals, documentaries, and can be found on permanent display at UCSD.


Marek Mis is a biologist by education (Mikołaj Kopernik University, Toruń) and author of many articles and a recent book, "Close, closer and closer. From close-up photography to photomicrography" ("Helion", Gliwice 2015, in Polish). He is among the winners of the Nikon Small World Imaging Competition and the Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition and a contributor to Science Photo Library andScience Source. Apart from photomicrography Marek is an avid builder of small field microscopes, one of which was presented at the 2006 Inter Micro meeting in Chicago. 


Ruben Sandoval has been involved in renal research at Indiana University School of Medicine for over 20 years.  In June 2002 his work in renal intravital imaging helped the Division of Nephrology establish a George M. O’Brien Center for Advanced Renal Microscopic Analysis. His research in the lab of Bruce Molitoris has led to the formation of FAST BioMedical, a small startup company currently developing a rapid, fluorescence based test to measure both plasma volume and renal function.  Ruben serves as a scientific consultant to several companies in the US and abroad.