Ichthyo: The Architecture of Fish

There are lots of amazing coffee table and photo/art books out there. But I don’t think I’ve ever come across one that I’ve wanted so bad! At the crux of science and art you find books like this:

“Ichthyo — Originally created to preserve a record of scientific samples, the black and white X-rays of fish at the Smithsonian Institution have emerged as astonishing works of art in their own right. This stunning compendium of images—comparable to fine and delicate engravings—is drawn from the National Museum of Natural History, which holds the world’s largest collection of ichthyological specimens (and which, upon the reopening of its Ocean Hall in Summer of 2008, will put these X-rays on permanent display). As mesmerizingly beautiful as they are amazingly detailed, these images reveal the hidden wonders of the creatures of the deep.”

Gorgeous. Science as art, and both as a tool for conservation. (And published by the super-groovy Chronicle Books!)

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  1. ALo Jan 29, 10:02 PM

    Dude…I wonder if I took some of those x-rays. I have a CD at work of a bunch of cool ones I saved in hopes of doing something with them at some point. Let’s go down there and see the new Ocean Hall.

  2. ALo Jan 29, 10:15 PM

    Also…I know of 2 lovely bookstores just a few blocks from the museum that would be just up your alley.

  3. jess Jan 30, 03:29 PM

    totally. i’m down. i need to see DC (and the Smithsonian) with a local. :)

  4. jea Feb 1, 01:28 AM

    when you go, can I come along? please?

  5. jess Feb 2, 04:19 PM

    yes of course you may jane!

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