@a_objectif_ouvert: Micronaut Portrait

@a_objectif_ouvert: Micronaut Portrait

Idea and realization by Charlotte Bonniot & team, University Grenoble, France, May 2024. This film project was inspired by the 20th century work of Jean Painlevé and focuses on the contemporary relationship between the arts and sciences. By visiting selected...

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Martin Oeggerli

Styling himself as a Micronaut—explorer of invisible worlds—Oeggerli creates incredible microscopic photographs using a combination of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and post-processing coloration.



 Utilizing electrons instead of photons allows to find and explore invisibly small creatures and materials, often with magnifications up to 100’000-times or more. By combining hi-tech SEM with his signature-style coloration, Micronaut exposes surreal looking motives down to the smallest details and thereby expands the limits of traditional photography

To obtain exquisite specimens, that are in perfect condition, Oeggerli works closely with research scientists. Each sample has to be carefully dried using special solvents to maintain its natural shape and appearance. After this the sample is also coated with a thin layer of gold, to make it electronically conductive. It’s one of several critical steps during the conservational process which will finally affect the image quality and maximum printable size of every resultant picture.


Basel Area Children’s Cancer Foundation

As some of you may know, I have been working in cancer research for over 10 years. Helping children suffering from cancer, and their families, is a subject very close to my heart. On behalf of the “Stiftung für krebskranke Kinder”, I encourage you to look at the links and movie below, to see how the Foundation helps brave kids – and how it could do even more with your generous support!

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