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Microsculpture: Portraits of Insects

Author

Levon Biss

Published Date

10-10-2017

Publisher

Abrams

ISBN

9781419726958

"Large-scale prints of tiny insects otherwise tucked away in drawers. Biss presents images of 37 specimens, assembled from between 8,000 and 10,000 images that were captured with microscope lenses."

About this book

Microsculpture is a side project by photographer, Levon Biss that originally came from a microscope viewing of a common ground beetle with his son, Sebastian back in the spring of 2014. Biss began making insect portraits in earnest, he reached out to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, asking for access to its collection of insect specimens. Impressed by his work and realizing the potential impact of large-scale prints of tiny insects otherwise tucked away in drawers, the museum permitted Biss to take its insects back to his studio for photography sessions. Over two and a half years later, Biss presents images of 37 specimens, assembled from between 8,000 and 10,000 images that were captured with microscope lenses, each of these meticulously lit portraits of insects is full of rich detail.

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