January 3, 2014 § Leave a comment

Photo by Kathy Phillips, U.S. National Archives. Public domain.

A young father bottle-fed his 15-day-old son in our waiting room. The son had a rare syndrome and the bottle was fitted to his condition. Milk was spilling out. The father kept on feeding, talking to his son and wiping his chin. « Read the rest of this entry »

Click the Sick

January 2, 2014 § 2 Comments

Kaushik Ghosh is ready to shoot an orthopaedic surgery (Photo: Sayantan Bera)

Kaushik Ghosh is ready to shoot an orthopaedic surgery (Photo: Sayantan Bera)

The latest issue of Down To Earth, India’s only science and environment fortnightly runs an article about medical photography. The journalist chose to open the piece with some quotes from posts I’ve done here on The Sterile Eye.

The article examines the state of medical photography in India today and the interview with Kaushik Ghosh, one of the country’s few trained medical photographers, is especially interesting.

Read the article in Down To Earth here.

If you want to read the quoted blog posts in full, go to A Sudden Jolt of Sadness and The Opposite of Fashion.

The Sterile Eye on Flickr

August 15, 2013 § Leave a comment


You may have noticed that I haven’t been writing all that much this year. The pace will hopefully pick up some time soon. In the meantime I have stepped up my photo sharing. Head over to my Flickr photostream to see lots of new and old photos. And although I look forward to writing more again, writing about music photography is a bit like dancing about architecture.


July 22, 2013 § 1 Comment


Wilhelm, a set on Flickr.

This is a photo series I shot of Wilhelm, a Norwegian Romani. The photos were taken in 2011 outside Oslo prison, where he was locked up for some time as a youth.

A strong and wise man.

The photos were taken for a project called Romanimanus rakrar avri! – The Romani People’s Own Stories.

All in a Day’s Work

June 21, 2013 § 1 Comment

Photo by Øystein H. Horgmo © All rights reserved.

Photo by Øystein H. Horgmo © All rights reserved.

Yesterday can serve as a good example of the varied work of a medical photographer.

Yesterday I…

  • …photographed a doctor for a Russian visa application.
  • …helped finalize a PhD thesis for printing.
  • …photographed a baby with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID).
  • …prepared some X-rays for journal publication.
  • …photographed a professor who received a medal of merit.
  • …photographed a boy with tinea capitis.
  • …photographed the children’s mascot Rasmus dressed up as a patient in the pediatric intensive care unit.

Learn from the Experts

June 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

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The BioCommunications Association (BCA) have introduced a new and exciting feature on their website, called Learn from the Experts. They have picked ten different photos from ten different photographers in the life sciences, that you can hear the story behind and read about the techniques involved to accomplish the shot. Both interesting and instructive!

While you’re over at the BCA, be sure to also check out the winners of the 2013 BioImages contest.

The BCA is a great place to learn and share experiences and techniques with colleagues, so if you’re a medical/biological photographer or illustrator, you should definitely consider joining!

Photography and the American Civil War

May 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York has an ongoing exhibition of more than two hundred photographs from the American Civil War, including a number of medical photographs.

In the video above curator Jeff L. Rosenheim talks about some of the highlights of the exhibition.

You can see 51 of the photographs on the MET website here, and 6 medical photographs here. CBS has made an interesting report on the exhibition.

Also check out my post on the use of mirrors in civil war medical photographs.

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