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A Lens on CDC: The Photographs of Jim Gathany

November 15, 2016 – May 26, 2017

One of Gathany's most famous photographs: the female Aedes aegypti mosquito

For the past 30 years, Jim Gathany has been documenting CDC’s scientific achievements, its significant events, its facilities, and its history. A Lens on CDC celebrates Gathany’s long career, the artistry of both his scientific and documentary work, and his incredible contributions to CDC.

CDC scientist, Zach Braden, in BSL4 suit, 2013

Front and center will be Gathany’s photographs documenting insects, parasites and other vectors–his work that best epitomizes the integration of art and science. Using powerful close-up lenses, Gathany has produced exquisite compositions of mosquitos, lice, ticks, and other vectors that are both scientific documents and works of art. Equally artful are his photographs of scientists working in CDC’s famed labs. He has also served as CDC’s lead photographer, documenting the many world leaders, including President Barack Obama, who have visited CDC. Collectively, the more than 50 images included in A Lens on CDC will celebrate Gathany’s individual achievements, as well as the work of the world’s leading public health agency.

Top Image: One of Gathany’s most famous photographs: the female Aedes aegypti mosquito
Bottom Image: CDC scientist, Zach Braden, in BSL4 suit, 2013

Special Curator Tours

Join our curator, Louise E. Shaw, for a special tour of this exhibition.


Dates (please check back for additional dates)
February 1st, February 15th, March 1st, March 15th, April 12th, May 10th, and May 26th

These tours are free and open to the public. Reservations are required; RSVP to Space is limited.

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