Quirky Photos

In his latest book, Time Machines, New York-based photographer Stanley Greenberg seems to capture the soul of particle physics with uncharacteristic black-and-white images, including shots that showcase the mass of intertwining wires and piping inside the STAR and PHENIX detectors at Brookhaven Lab’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider.

RHIC photos

Photos: Copyright Stanley Greenberg

Greenberg traveled the world to gather images of high tech scientific gadgetry and complex machines — including accelerators, colliders, detectors, and spectrometers — built to explore fundamental physics. Images include machinery designed to recreate conditions of the Big Bang, reveal the Higgs boson particle predicted by the Standard Model, and delve into the world of muons, neutrinos, and quarks.

Greenberg’s photos have been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Reviews of his work have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. Greenberg is also the author of Invisible New York, Waterworks, and Architecture Under Construction.

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