Not a week goes by that we don’t see headlines for how science is pushing the boundaries of what we can see and understand, from the largest to smallest of scales. Advances in photography over the last century and a half have made this possible, and fundamentally changed the way we see the world, from the first snapshot of a single atom to sweeping views of the most distant light in our cosmos.

Check out the video below to learn about three artists who reveal hidden details of the natural world through their use of macro photography:

Want to learn more? Don’t forget to browse other inspiring resources on the fundamentals of photography at MOPA’s Photo 101Also, make sure to check out MOPA’s Nancy K. Dubois Library for unique resources related to photography and film.


Special thanks to the artists William Bentley, Catherine Wagner, and Levon Biss. 

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