Wim van Egmond

Makes the invisible visible


Penicillium Purperogenum - Penicillium purpurogenum is a well-known biodeteriogen and a notorious causal agent of fruit spoilage. It produces a red pigment: the chemical called Chromones is derived from the fungi named as Penicillium purpurogenum.   Macrocrophotography by Wim van Egmond Wim van Egmond

Wim van Egmond (born in The Hague, 1966) is an artist who’s work lies desceptively close to scientific work. Wim is fascinated by the almost artificial way how science deptics nature. He started his career as a visual autonomous artist, studied painting and specialised in photography using optical techniques such as microscopy. He portrays microbes and makes micro landscapes. He combines the skills of 19th century naturalists with modern digital techniques. Initially with the aim to make autonomous work but often with one foot in the scientific world. That’s why he regularly collaborates with scientists.

His most recent projects involve time lapses, movies of microbes, fungi and soil life. In extreme close up the colonies of fungi become strange tapestries or huge forests. We can roam these microscopic fungal landscapes as explorers of an unknown world, a habitat that is actually not more than a bit of dark mold in a corner of the wall of our kitchen.