Two Kids in Hospital

October 18, 2010 § 1 Comment

Photo by Øystein Horgmo © All rights reserved.

A hospital stay can be an adventure and it can be a nightmare. This is the story of two kids from the skin ward I photographed the other day. « Read the rest of this entry »

The Other Side of the Lens

October 11, 2010 § 5 Comments

Photo by Robert Peinert © All rights reserved.

Guest post by Robert Peinert

For the past two years, I worked as a medical photographer and videographer during my graduate studies. While I primarily worked for a general surgery department, I often found myself documenting orthopedic and neurosurgical cases as well, in part due to my boss’ involvement with these other departments. Because of my background – mother was a nurse, father is an orthopedic surgeon – I have spent some time in and around operating rooms and surgeons’ clinics, allowing me to become familiar with the general instruments and supplies used in any case. Because of this, while photographing or filming, I would be often asked to grab something – usually gauze or sterile towels, etc….you know, the simple, everyday stuff. « Read the rest of this entry »

Medical Photos from Victorian Ireland

September 28, 2010 § 2 Comments

A collection of photographs of patients treated by Victorian surgeon Edward Stamer O’Grady is reproduced for the first time in the latest issue of the Scope medical magazine. See the photos, all from the vast Burns Archive and read the story behind them below.

The cover photo, with its creative use of a mirror to show the posterior view of the shoulder, is absolutely stunning!

Hat tip to Morbid Anatomy.

The Opposite of Fashion

September 20, 2010 § 2 Comments

Hidradenitis suppurativa of the axilla. Photo from

A career in fashion photography seems to be the dream of a lot of young photographers these days. In medical photography however, you won’t find much glamour or glitz, but a lot of real people with real problems. « Read the rest of this entry »

Harvey Cushing’s Patients

August 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

Credit: The Harvey Cushing Brain Tumor Registry, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library.

Head over to the New York Times to see a selection of photos from the collection of almost 10,000 glass plate negatives of patients treated by Dr. Harvey Cushing between 1902 and 1933. « Read the rest of this entry »

White Coat Balance

June 7, 2010 § Leave a comment

Three different gray cards. Photo by Øystein Horgmo © All rights reserved.

Getting the correct white balance is probably more important in medical photography than any other form of photography. « Read the rest of this entry »

The Card

May 18, 2010 § 1 Comment

Back of photo request card used by the Photographic & Video Services at Oslo University Hospital.

In my world the photo request card reigns supreme. This simple, green on white, 15×10 cm card is the source of oh so much confusion.
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Close-Up Medical Photography

October 8, 2009 § 2 Comments


Diagram from "The Use of Close-up Photography in Clinical Medicine".

I recently came across an article called “The Use of Close-up Photography in Clinical Medicine”, from the June 1962 issue of the Singapore Medical Journal.  Although the photographic equipment has changed over the years, the principles remain the same, and are well described in this paper. « Read the rest of this entry »

The Patient and the Photographer

October 6, 2009 § 1 Comment


Patients are people – people with problems. They are often in pain and usually apprehensive. To them, the medical photographer is someone who, once more, submits them to an institutional routine. He takes their pictures, with part or all of their clothing removed, to show what is usually an embarrassing condition or deformity. Again, indispensable as photography is in the teaching and advancing of medicine, it does not present to the patient the same direct benefit as a radiograph or a blood test.

H. Lou Gibson, Medical photography; clinical-ultraviolet-infrared (1973). (photo credit)

Why You Should Take Your Own Clinical Photos

September 17, 2009 § 3 Comments

I have written a guest post for the dermatology blog DermMatters, published by the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (JDD). Titled “Why You Should Take Your Own Clinical Photos”, the post contains five tips for doctors who want to start taking their own pictures. Check it out here!

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