Artistic Director

2011 Gwangju Design Biennale
“I greatly admire your innovative work" Ai Weiwei

Curator Natural History Museum,

Los Angeles County
"Nature, down to its most minute details (…)
and your artistry amplifies
the effect- exceptional.“
Dr. Gordon Hendler

Director of Photography (2005-2010)

National Geographic
"You are attaining a level of subtlety (…)
of an accomplished painter.
Extraordinary images."
David Griffin

Vice president DGZMB,

Lennart Nilsson-Award Committee Member
"Martin has put scientific photography on a new esthetic level." Dr. med. Wolfgang Bengel

Senior Photo Editor

National Geographic Magazine
"It is a wonderful tribute to the miraculous process of evolution" Todd James

School of Photographic, Arts and Sciences

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
"I have seen Martin’s work. Stunning.“ Prof. Dr. Michael Peres

Photo Editor

National Geographic Explorer
"The images are utterly sensational! The clarity and colors are

gorgeous… truly one of a kind images.”
Shannon Hibberd








  Basel, 25 March 2021 The science journal Advance Biology has published a cover created by Micronaut. The hi-tech picture is leading us directly inside a human brain and took several years from early concept to realization. It is called 'Neuronal Highways' and...

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Best Science Images 2020: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Best Science Images 2020: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Washington D.C., 1 January 2021 On new years day, National Geographic announces the Best Science Pictures 2020. The article features six pictures, including Micronaut’s iconic artwork ‘The Microbiome of a Kiss’! "Wow. Gustav Klimt has his kiss and you have yours."Todd...

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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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