Seeing Science

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SEEING SCIENCE: Photography, Science and Visual Culture
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This innovative project explores the central and evolving role photography plays in defining, shaping, promoting, and furthering science as well as the sciences impact public opinion and policy, science education, and the news, mass, and social media.

The SEEING SCIENCE website features:

  • MINI-EXHIBITIONS of contemporary and historical images made by noted scientists, photographers and artists including: Anna Atkins, Lewis Baltz, Nancy Burson, Robert Rauschenberg, and Carl Strüwe.  New exhibitions will be uploaded weekly.
  • SHORT ESSAYS by science and visual cultural historians, uploaded monthly, address the ways photography and science impact each other and culture at large.
  • WHY WE LOOK, which links to breaking news stories about imaging advances and issues in the sciences twice a week.
  • PICTURING SCIENCE, a year-long project by artist Oliver Wasow, cataloging the eclectic nature of science-related images found on social media and online, is updated weekly.
  • An extensive TIMELINE that charts how science and photography define and propel each other.
  • Provocative QUOTES about the relationship of photography and the sciences, which are published twice a week.
  • SPECIAL PROJECTS that explore and expand upon SEEING SCIENCE themes.

SEEING SCIENCE is a University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) project, initiated and produced by the Center for Art, Design & Visual Culture (CADVC) in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President of Research. The project has received additional support from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Baltimore County Commission on the Arts and Sciences. A grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation was instrumental in the development of the project website.

SEEING SCIENCE producer and curator Marvin Heiferman creates projects about photography and visual culture for institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian Institution, International Center of Photography, Whitney Museum of American Art, New Museum and the Carnegie Museum of Art. Heiferman has written for numerous publications, monographs, magazines and blogs, including The New York Times, CNN, Artforum, Design Observer, Gagosian Quarterly, Art in America, and Aperture. Author and/or editor of over two dozen books on visual culture, his most recent book is Photography Changes Everything (Aperture/Smithsonian, 2012). A Visiting Senior Research Scholar at UMBC, Heiferman is also a core faculty member in the School of Visual Arts MFA Program in Photography, Video & Related Media and the ICP/Bard College MFA Program in Advances Photographic Studies in New York.

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