Photographer: Through A Different Lens

Pick up a piece of fruit--a common red fruit, the kind that keeps the doctor away. What do you see? An apple? Not really. You see a bulbous round of apple skin. Maybe a piece of stem. What you don't see is white flesh, black seeds, core--99% of what makes an apple an apple.

For years, Catherine Wagner, like any other photographer, was limited to documenting the skin of the world. But in the early- to mid- 1990s, doing a series of photographs of science labs, Wagner, 48, was struck by how much of modern science depends on images that a...

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