About this album
An Exhibition of Medical Photography
The Royal Photographic Society has been committed to promoting the Art and Science of Photography since 1853 and, since its establishment in 1946 as a Special Interest Group, the Medical Group has come a long way. The Group has an illustrious history of meetings of medical photographers, joint conferences with the Imaging Science Group on Medical and Forensic Imaging and collaboration in a series of lectures with the Institute of Medical Illustrators. Today, it promotes the use and advancement of imaging in all branches of medical and allied sciences to support medical developments, patient-care, medical education, research, documentation and publications. The Group intends to keep abreast of the current trends in the accelerated development of technological changes and to meet the needs and applications of photography in medicine and bio-medical sciences.
Although this exhibition of 32 prints only shows a small sample of the range of work of medical photographers, it covers a wide area where imaging in medicine plays an important role - scanning electron microscopy, photomicrography in histo-pathology, surgery and plastic surgery, pathology specimen, dermatology, obstetrics, dentistry, ophthalmology, prosthetics, including a general view of an operating theatre showing keyhole surgery in progress, and more.
The application of imaging in medicine is vast and varied - it uses visible and invisible sections of the electromagnetic spectrum to record what can and cannot be seen by the human eyes. Many different techniques are used including, for example, high speed video recordings to analyse the biomechanics of the human body in sports medicine, and time lapse video recording to study the growth of bacteria in microbiology.
The images displayed here are intended to raise awareness of the Medical Group and encourage those interested to join. Membership is open to all RPS members, professional and amateur, advanced worker and beginner.
Details about joining the Medical Group can be found on the Group's website: www.rps.org/special-interest-groups/medical
Dr Afzal Ansary ASIS FRPS
Chair Medical Group
The Royal Photographic Society