World in a Drop: Photographic Explorations of Microbial Life Opens August 26 at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

August 3, 2017

The Harvard Museum of Natural History announces a new photographic exhibition, World in a Drop: Photographic Explorations of Microbial Life, to open Saturday, August 26, 2017 and to extend through January 7, 2018.

The minuscule ecosystem within a single drop of water is home to an astonishing diversity of organisms busily living out their lives and interconnected by myriad complex relationships. The photographic exhibit World in a Drop is an aesthetic journey into this microbial world, as revealed through cutting-edge imaging technologies. With expertly executed photography, videography, and poetic narration, Scott Chimileski and Roberto Kolter capture the intrinsic beauty of a mysterious world that is seldom recognized.

Scott Chimileski is a microbiologist, photographer, and Research Fellow in the Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology at Harvard Medical School. Roberto Kolter is a professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology at the same school, where he has been a faculty member since 1983. Since 2003, Kolter has been the Co-Director of Harvard's university-wide Microbial Sciences Initiative. Chimileski and Kolter are co-authors of the 2017 book, Life at the Edge of Sight: A Photographic Exploration of the Microbial World, published by Harvard University Press.

In conjunction with World in a Drop: Photographic Explorations of Microbial Life, the museum will offer a talk and book signing with both authors on Thursday, October 19 at 6:00 pm.

In this lecture, Wonders of the Microbial World, Chimileski and Kolter will share their appreciation and fascination with the microbial world they study, along with vignettes and images from their new book Life at the Edge of Sight. The book is a stunning visual exploration of the inhabitants of an invisible world, from the pioneering findings of a seventeenth-century visionary to magnificent close-ups of the inner workings and cooperative communities of Earth’s most prolific organisms. The lecture and book signing are free and open to the public with free event parking at 52 Oxford Street Garage.

For more information on Scott Chimileski photography, see

About the Harvard Museum of Natural History

One of the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, the Harvard Museum of Natural History is located at 26 Oxford Street on the Harvard campus, an 8-minute walk from the Harvard Square Red Line MBTA station. Admission to the connected Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology is included in one ticket. The museum is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, 361 days/year. Regular admission: adults $12; seniors and students, $10; youth ages 3–18, $8; under 3 free. For directions, exhibition schedules, free public lectures, and information on parking, see the website or call 617.495.3045.

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