Oliver Meckes



Oliver Meckes had his first microscope experiences at the age of 12; started photographing with SLR cameras at the age of 15; and soon after that combined both hobbies. At the age of 19, Oliver began to photograph under-water and began an education as a photographer in portrait and industrial photography. This was followed by a specialization in microphotography at the "Institute for Scientific Photography" by Manfred Kage, where he was exposed to different types of scientific photography from X-ray, Kirlian, all types of light microscopy, Schlieren optics to scanning electron microscopy.

eye of science works for magazines such as National Geographic and GEO and has provided several cover images for the magazines Science and Nature. eye of science undertakes commission work for advertising and training purposes for the pharmaceutical and chemical industries.

Several books have been published, mainly in German. The exhibitions “microscapes” and “metamorphosis” toured through Europe. In the USA, eye of science images were displayed in “Images from Science” exhibitions. They were awarded with the World-Press Photo, by BioCommunications Association and honored with the Lennart Nilsson Award among several others.

Web: www.eyeofscience.de

High Quality Colored SEM Images


In 1995, eye of science was founded by Oliver Meckes and biologist Nicole Ottawa. With a digitized scanning electron microscope and the highest performance Macintosh computers of the day, eye of science created a new level of quality in scanning electronic microscope (SEM) images.

The images of “eye of science“ are known as very “natural“ SEM images and sometimes mistaken for macro shots.

The freelance micro photographer Oliver Meckes will explain the importance for optimal black and white raw data created with the scanning electron microscope - the basis for the subsequent post-processing and colouring.

The main focus of this presentation will be on masking in alpha channels and the following steps of merging different SEM detector images to a final, realistic multi-colour artwork.


© Oliver Meckes

© Oliver Meckes

© Oliver Meckes