Sunday, February 22, 2009

Saved by Science

Justine Cooper is an enormously talented photographer who spent some time a few years ago as an artist in residence at AMNH. When the project was first described to me, I was a little bit sceptical - it's easy to look at the collections and the specimens in them as interesting or attracive objects (which they often are), but to fail to grasp their deeper significance, which is a complex tapestry of science, culture, and history. I needn't have worried. Not only was she a great person to work with, but Justine captured the nature of collections perfectly in an extraordinary set of images that she called "Saved by Science." As part of its celebration of Darwin's 200th anniversary, Seed magazine has published a selection of Justine's works with an accompanying essay by Carl Zimmer. You can see a slide show with audio commentary by Justine here and Carl's essay can be read here.

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