These woozy prints of the famous faces of Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin were created using a modified photo-printing process invented by artist Zachary Copfer. Rather than use traditional light-sensitive photo emulsion to print photos, he used genetically altered E coli. It sounds gross, but the results are oh so beautiful.
Here is the step-by-step process Copfer uses to make his “Bacteriography”. First, he transforms a batch of E. coli with fluorescent protein from a jellyfish. He then covers a photo plate with the mixture and exposes it to radiation to create a negative. To stop the reaction, he sticks the exposed bacteria in a fridge and covers the plate in acrylic to preserve the negative. After stopping the reaction — much like you would the development of film — he uses the plates to print photos. Pretty genius.
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Images: Zachary Copfer