Scientific photography reveals entities and processes that often hidden to the human eye. Today it has become possible to delve ever deeper on both microcosmic and macrocosmic scales to capture new worlds in images. Does photography primarily serve as a visual aid of the researcher, or does it play a larger role? Since the invention of photography in the 1830s new demands have been placed on the capacities of the medium, leading to the continual fine-tuning of the possibilities of the photograph. Science thus produces images based on utterly different premises than those of documentary, advertising or artistic photography. What defines the delicate relationship between photography and science? What photographs result, and how can they be interpreted?
With works from Anna Atkins, Auguste-Adolphe Bertsch, Hans Danuser, Liz Deschenes, Marion Denis, Harold Edgerton, Léon Foucault, Thomas Freiler, Bernhard Gardi, Raphael Hefti, Jules Janssen, Irène Joliot-Curie, Markus Krottendorfer, Albert Londe, Aïm Deüelle Lüski, Maschinensehen (Henning Arnecke, Lisa Bergmann, Christoph Oeschger, Elke Reinhuber), Melanie Matthieu, Aurélie Pétrel, Rodolphe Archibald Reiss, Hannes Rickli, Thomas Ruff, Adrian Sauer, Laurent Schmid, Sarah Schönfeld and Simon Starling.