|2017, 144 pages, 144 color photographs.
Microsculpture is a unique photographic study of insects in
mind-blowing magnification that celebrates the wonders of nature and
science. Biss’s photographs capture in breathtaking detail the
beauty of the insect world and are printed in large-scale format to
provide an unforgettable viewing experience.
Each illustration is created from approximately 8,000 individual
photographs. Each specimen was mounted on an adapted microscope
stage, allowing close control over the position of the specimen in
front of the camera lens. Most insects were photographed in about 30
sections, each section lit differently with strobe lights to
accentuate the microsculpture of that particular area of the body.
Segments of the specimen are lit and photographed separately using
microscope lenses, then “stacked” to maintain sharp focus
throughout. These images are then combined to create a single
high-resolution file. From start to finish, each portrait takes
approximately four weeks to create.
The project has captured the attention of the world with features in
WIRED and New Scientist. It has been exhibited at the Oxford
University Museum of Natural History. The Museum’s entomology
collection has significant cultural and historical value, containing
the world’s oldest pinned insect specimen and thousands of insects
collected by pioneering Victorian explorers and biologists including
Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace. The exhibit has been
viewed by over half a million people and will be touring museums
around the world from 2017 onward.
Hardcover; 10 x 12”.
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