Insect Graphic Design


Mature Condition: Ovary of a butterfly Photo: Carl Struwe

Carl Struwe was a German graphic designer who became fascinated by the pattens in nature, especially those made visible by the microscope.   His first “microscope art” was from the jaw of a whale in 1926.   Subsequently, he photographed other subjects including butterflies and cockroaches.

Struwe is considered by many to be the “Father of Microphotography as Art”. Struwe constructed a rectangular mask to produce rectangular images in the format of portraits rather than use the round format of the microscope lens.  Struwe was not well known outside of Germany in his early career. Many of his original photographs were lost during the bombing of his studio in Bielefeld, Germany during WWII.

280 photographs taken between 1926 and 1959 are published in a book Formen des Mikrokosmos (Forms of the Microcosmos).  Today, his prints are part of art collections in prominent North American and European museums.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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