How the James Webb Deep Field Images Reminded Me the Divide Between Science and Art is Artificial

The first task I give photography students is to create a starscape. To do this, I ask them to sweep the floor below them, collect the dust and dirt in a paper bag, then sprinkle it on a sheet of 8×10 inch photo paper. Then, using the photographic enlarger, expose the trash-covered paper to light. … Read more

The intersection of photography & science

This photomicrograph, taken by researcher Michael Peres, uses polarized light to visualize the elements of formoterol, a drug designed to improve breathing by relaxing muscles in the airways. This is just one of many examples of the power of photography to open new windows into the natural sciences. In 1839, photography entered the public sphere … Read more