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BCA News: Fall 2018

The Images from Science 3 Exhibition

Celebrating Contemporary & Extraordinary Images in Science

Michael Peres, Norm Barker, Bob Rose and Ted Kinsman


The Images from Science 3 exhibition is a collaborative experiment that initially began in 2002. It was designed to explore the boundaries of what is possible using the Internet as its primary voice used to identify up to seventy-five of the world’s most striking images. These images, originally produced to chronicle science – feature science in strikingly new and beautiful ways. Unlike the first two exhibitions that traveled the world, IFS3 will include both still and moving pictures, and also for the first time animations and illustrations.

Project Overview

Images from Science 3 is being organized to celebrate the production of extraordinary images created of science. At its core mission, the project seeks to explore the interface of science, technology, art, design, and communication. Science images unlike most other genres of images rarely find their way into art museums.

Professors Michael Peres, Norman Barker, and Ted Kinsman and Bob Rose are passionate and talented scientific photographers. They have enjoyed long and storied careers in this unique field as photographers, but also as authors, educators, and industry leaders. Because of their interests science images, they are collaborating to produce the third traveling exhibition sharing some of the world’s most extraordinary images created by image makers who explore science.

Images from Science 3 is being organized to build upon the successes of the Images from Science 1 & 2 exhibitions. Images From Science 1 , produced by Peres and RIT Professor Emeritus Andrew Davidhazy, premiered fall 2002 in the School of Photographic Arts & Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology. Launched at the infancy of the Internet and digital photography, it contained 59 photographs and traveled to 22 venues in 7 countries until 2007 when it was retired. Images From Science 2 premiered in the Fall of 2008 and was displayed in 13 venues before being lost in shipping from the UK to the Netherlands in 2014. Both exhibitions were produced as experiments to explore the power of the Internet as the sole tool used to advertise, identify and ultimately display some of the world’s most powerful photographs of science at the time of their production.

Much has changed since those exhibitions were mounted including the explosion of new applications of imaging technologies. Coupled with new optical techniques and more advanced imaging software, nothing seems out of the realm of what is possible in the creation of images for science. The dynamic release of new imaging equipment including the smartphone coupled with the explosive adoption of social media such as Twitter, and Instagram has allowed for images of all sorts to be shared worldwide synchronously. One could make a compelling argument that imaging has become a science unto itself and is an integral part of every contemporary research center.

IFS3 seeks to identify and showcase up to75 extraordinary examples of both still and moving images that reveal science in new and unique ways. Similar to past projects, it too will use the internet as its primary voice to promote IFS3 but this exhibit also feature computer generated images (CGI) including animation and illustrations. The organizers are hoping to include full-time student images as a part of the exhibition. The images that will comprise the exhibition will be selected by an international panel of experts from around the world.

IFS3 invites both new and recognized image-makers who make images of science to submit their extraordinary illustrations, animations, photographs, and short run videos for consideration in this unique collection of work. Nothing like this has ever been undertaken.


Many important image-makers have produced pictures of science beginning with possibly Leonardo DaVinci and Michelango. A list of who’s who would include many iconic science image makes from around the world spanning centuries.

Lennart Nilsson 1997. Photo by Jacob Forsell.

The organizers of this exhibition are dedicating Images from Science 3 to Lennart Nilsson (1922-2017). Nilsson began experimenting with photographing science in the mid 1950s. His curiosity and drive to photograph in new ways influenced his career for more than five decades. In 1965, his ground breaking methods were featured in LIFE magazine. Over his career, he strove reveal science in new ways and evocative ways. His work constantly pushed the boundaries of science using his powerful instruments and passion. His photographs made the invisible visible and helped communicate science using pictures to new audiences.

Project Details

The Images from Science 3 project is being organized to celebrate images – both still and moving – created for science. The mission of the Images from Science 3 exhibition will be to showcase the worlds’ best and most compelling images originally made to document, reveal or define aspects of research, treatment, and scientific discovery. Participation in this unique collection of photographs and videos will be based on juried selection.

Images will be invited and collected from September 1 and conclude December 31, 2018. Electronic judging will be accomplished by a panel of international science experts from various fields composed of seven jurors. Each judge will receive 75 votes for use to identify 75 possible images for inclusion from the submission cohort. Each judge will also select one image as their favorite image for inclusion. Each of the 75 images will be based on a judge’s assessment of aesthetics, uniqueness of the image, challenge factor in its creation, and myriad of hard to quantify subjective metrics. Because of the importance and relevance of all types of images, the Exhibition will also invite animations and illustrations to be submitted as well as student images.

The exhibition will be reproduced in print and online and will premier in late November 2019.

Images from Science 3 will be first displayed at the RIT’s City Art Space located in downtown Rochester NY. Following this first installation, it will travel to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore MD where it will be next displayed. The exhibit will be available for travel to other venues following its display at Johns Hopkins. There are no fees to display the exhibition and hosts are only expected to pay for shipping to the Exhibition’s next venue. RIT Press will be the publisher of the exhibition catalogue.  The Press published beautiful four color catalogues of IFS1 and IFS2. Successful entrants into the Exhibition will receive a complimentary copy of the catalogue for each image that is accepted. Discounted copies will be available upon request. Sponsors will also receive complimentary copies.

Learn more at https://images.cad.rit.edu. The deadline for entries is December 31, 2018.

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