Rethinking how science is seen by Marvin Heiferman on NYT LENS Blog

Photography and science continually reimagine each other. Yet science photography — for all its impact and range — is a surprisingly underexamined field. That deficit led me to develop “Seeing Science: Photography, Science and Visual Culture.” Sponsored by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and its Center for Art Design and Visual Culture, the project tracks how science and photography work in tandem.

The symbiotic relationship of photography and the sciences has sparked epiphanies, controversies and paradigm shifts for nearly two centuries. The term “scientist” was first used in 1834, the word “photography” was introduced just five years later, and the two observational disciplines have been intertwined ever since.

The British-made ICL 7500 series from the 1970s included terminals and workstations designed for office use, and by the 1980s, to play games such as Pac-Man and Space Invaders.Credit James Ball/Docubyte

The British-made ICL 7500 series from the 1970s included terminals and workstations designed for office use, and by the 1980s, to play games such as Pac-Man and Space Invaders.Credit James Ball/Docubyte

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