Crossing over

The science of photography

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NASA: Orbiter 1, second photo of Earth as seen from lunar orbit, August 25, 1966

Thomas Ruff: m.a.r.s.05, 2010

"There is no original picture," says Ruff, who downloads high-resolution black-and-white NASA pictures of the surface of Mars and then digitally enhances and colours them in

Melanie Matthieu: untitled, 2009/2010

Taken from the series Echoing Patterns - A Conversation with the Inanimate

Irène Joliot-Curie

Photo from the Wilson cloud chamber. Alpha particle traces produced by polonium, 1937


Images of Diseases of the Brain and the Spinal Cord, 1962-1995

Léon Gimpel

X-ray anaglyph of a dog's heart injected with vermillion, 1924

Frank B. Gilbreth

Inefficient work operation, circa 1920

Thomas Freiler

Illustrations, Grey scale wedge, 3D Model, CGI, Blender Render, 2009


Jungfraujoch observatory, ultraviolet research in the rooftop open-air laboratory, 1936

Karl Kosternitz

Shooting stars, 1902

Adolphe Neyt

Photomicrograph of a flea, circa 1865


Gas dilation, circa 1930

Anna Atkins

Asplenium Ryzophyllum, circa 1850

Rodolphe Archibald Reiss

Study of bloodstains, 1906

Simon Starling

Black Drop, 2012. Venus is the black spot crossing the Sun's face, filmed by the artist from Hawaii




The Winterthur photo museum provides an unusual glimpse into the world of research with its exhibition "Cross Over". Objects and methods rarely seen by the public are on show, such as an image of a dog's heart.

The exhibition, where art and science collide, doesn't limit itself to scientific progress but also takes a critical look at the techniques used to visualise science. "Cross Over" ends on November 17.

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