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Art and science has often been viewed as opposing disciplines, yet Bacteriography by Zachary Copfer has married the two to show that doesn’t have to be the case at all. By using an original and unique technique, the former microbiologist who recently turned visual artist has been developing photos in bacteria.
Aside from some radical changes in material, Bacteriography by Zachary Copfer follows a process very similar to traditional photo developing. In place of light sensitive photographic paper and exposing it to light, he uses genetically altered bacteria in a petri dish, exposing it to short-wavelength ultraviolet radiation. Once the bacterial growth (the image) is satisfactory, the bacteriograph is refrigerated before it undergoes another round of radiation to kill any microbes. Then it is sealed with a layer of acrylic.