Microsculpture, 2016

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© Levon Biss

Biss’s passion for nature and photography have come together to create “Microsculpture”. This series of portraits in very large format captures the microscopic form of insects in striking high-resolution detail and provides an unique opportunity to study and appreciate this hidden world. Each specimen (from the Oxford University Museum of National History) was mounted on an adapted microscope stage, allowing close control over the position of the specimen in front of the camera lens. Most insects were photographed in about thirty sections, each section lit differently with strobe lights to accentuate the microsculpture of that particular area of the body. Each insect portrait is created from over 8000 separate images.

An exhibition of the NMB Nouveau Musée Bienne/Neues Museum Biel.

Location: NMB Bâtiment Schwab


Levon Biss (1975, United Kingdom) lives and works in London. During his career Levon has received numerous awards and in 2016 he was presented with a Fellowship to the Royal Photographic Society. Levon’s work has been published in TIME magazine, GEO, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated and many other respected international titles.