In the summer of 2001, the idea to produce a scientific photography exhibition
was proposed by Professors Andrew Davidhazy and Michael Peres from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). The goal of that exhibition was to showcase images produced by photographer/scientists and photographers who worked mostly out of sight of the general public.
At the time, digital photography was rapidly displacing film
as the major imaging technology used in science, and the Internet
had become-seemingly overnight- the principal communications tool for
many. Davidhazy and Peres were interested in experimenting with, and exploiting the
communication potentials of this resource. The two were also both professionally and
personally interested in finding a way to elevate the status of images made for technical and scientific purposes to something similar to that exclusively reserved for creative or artistic images only. The exhibit, as mentioned above, would provide a venue for showcasing exceptional photographs that were rarely seen outside the scientific, technological, or engineering disciplines for which they were originally created.
Starting only with their idea, they proceeded to create that exhibition
using methods they developed to overcome obstacles they encountered
along the way. After 18 months, on October 12, 2002, Images From Science (accompanied by a 4-color catalogue) opened in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences Gallery at the Rochester Institute of Technology and ran through December 1st of that same year.
Following that opening, the Exhibition traveled to 23 other venues including five different countries and 10 states here in the US. In June of 2008, that show was retired. In October of 2008, the Images From Science 2 exhibition opened at RIT. Comprised of 61 images (some of which appear on this page) submitted by 49 contributors, the exhibition consists of a print and online version as well as an 8.5" x 8.5" 136 page 4-color catalogue similar to that of its predecessor. The production of this body of work was sponsored by RIT, Zeiss MicroImaging, Durst Imaging Technology US LLC & Adobe, Inc and is available for travel to interested parties.
The complete exhibition can be viewed at www.rit.edu/cias/ritphoto/ifs-2008/