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Very tiny things

posted Thursday September 9, 2010

The photomicrography image on the home page is by Dominik Paquet of Germany and illustrates a zebrafish.

Ever heard of photomicrography? This specialized area of photography examines natural and manufactured objects within a microscopic lens, providing an amazingly close view of features too small to see with the naked eye.

In September, Morehead brings Nikon's "Small World" exhibit to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for public viewing. The exhibit opens Sept. 4, and admission to the exhibit is free.

The "Small World" exhibit is in Morehead's South Gallery, accessible through the UNC Visitors' Center and the Morehead Rotunda. Exhibit hours are:

  • Tuesdays through Fridays, 1-3:30 p.m.
    closed to the public on Sept. 23
  • Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Sundays, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Morehead offers several self-guided activities within the exhibit that are designed to help small children understand the images in "Small World."

The annual "Small World" photomicrography competition, now in its 35th year, recognizes the best images of this type in the world. This year, scientists and photographers from 62 countries submitted more than 2,000 entries to the competition. Judges selected 20 winners, including the image at right -- it's a lobster egg -- by Tora Bardal of Norway.

"Small Things" remains on exhibit through Oct. 3, 2010. Be sure to visit this amazing exhibit before it leaves!

Morehead thanks the preparators of UNC's Ackland Art Museum for their assistance in installing "Small World."