The Science and Art of Amy Lamb's Photography
Artist Amy Lamb talks about her artistic process and the roots of her practice in early scientific training.
Dumbarton Oaks Museum presents Amy Lamb’s Photography: The Interplay of Science and Art on December 17, 2021 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.
In this virtual talk, artist Amy Lamb talks about her artistic process and the roots of her practice in her early scientific training. An early internship in electron microscopy sparked her love for photographing intricate and delicate biological structures. During her years as a research biologist, she worked primarily at the molecular level where the processes and reactions she studied were invisible to the eye. Subsequent experiences in botanic gardens and her own garden opened her mind to an entirely new vision and practice.
Through photography, she combines the curiosity, precision, and analytic approach of science with the creativity and flexibility of aesthetic design. Since the language of vision is accessible across cultural, economic, and educational levels, her photographs convey to many people the miraculous wonder of nature.
Amy Lamb’s first botanical images of orchids revealed each plant’s uniqueness and diversity. For the past twenty-five years, she has grown, observed, and photographed many species, sharing the exquisite beauty of each plant’s character.