Living photographs

By Grant Jacobs 21/09/2012

Zachary Copfer creates living pictures by spreading bacteria on nutrient agar, then selectively irradiating them to kill some.

He’s done a series of full head-and-shoulders portraits of famous scientists. Einstein is shown in the agar plate above; everyone should recognise the esteemed gentleman to the right. He even has glowing galaxies using fluorescent bacteria.

Check his website for more.

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  • Brilliant stuff!
    As a microbial artist (though one who uses a far simpler ‘drawing’ process), it never fails to impress me how many people have embraced this form of science art.
    Great selection of galleries at, which I hope will also include Mr Copfer in the future.