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Pro tip: Process your photographs with bacteria

Elizabeth Fish | April 9, 2013
Why settle for traditional forms of photograph processing when you make an image in bacteria?

Some amateurs consider mere camera ownership proof of their photography chops, which rankles professional shooters. Who can be considered a "real" photographer is a matter of opinion, but there is one way to stand out: bacteriography.

That's right: photography, with bacteria.

The idea of bacteriography comes from artist and former microbiologist Zachary Copfer, who developed a method of making photos grow in samples of bacteria. The method is not dissimilar to typical darkroom photography, however instead of paper, you'd use a petri dish, and rather than an enlarger, the bacteria reacts to radiation.

So far, Copfer has reproduced the faces of Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso, Charles Darwin and Leonardo da Vinci in bacteriography.

He's also floating the new artistic medium on Kickstarter, as he'd like to set up an exhibition of his bacterial "prints" and develop the project further. He's hoping to raise $8,000, and if you pledge at least $25, you can get your bacteria-ridden hands on a version of his work.


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