Claudia Fährenkemper’s Mindblowing Microcosm Portraits

Published May 23, 2013
Updated February 1, 2018
Published May 23, 2013
Updated February 1, 2018

In her aptly-named series Microcosms, German photographer Claudia Fährenkemper convenes biology and art into one arresting–and slightly eerie–package.

Utilizing an electron microscope to document the intricate forms of insects, crystals and planktons, Fährenkemper affords viewers of the microcosm portraits the chance to tap into the inherently human desire to understand the world in which we live at even the tiniest level–no biology degree required:

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Claudia Fährenkemper’s Mindblowing Microcosm Portraits
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