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Bacteriography

Zachary Copfer's avatar Zachary Copfer

Hi, my name is Zachary Copfer and I’m a microbiologist masquerading as an artist. Or am I an artist masquerading as a microbiologist? I can’t seem to remember anymore. During my graduate research I invented a new medium that combines photographic process with microbiological practices. The process is very similar to darkroom photography only the enlarger has been replaced by a radiation source and instead of photographic paper this process uses a petri dish coated with a living bacterial emulsion. These works are the product of that process. These are photographs grown in bacteria. After the images "develop" I then sterilize the bacteria and preserve them in acrylic resin. They are 100% safe to handle and display.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: Bacteria, Agar, Acrylic
  • Width: 9.5 inches
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 9.5 inches