‘A Show of Hands’ by Tim Booth.

by Emily Sakzewsk What do your hands say about you? UK photographer Tim Booth believes the hands tell a more honest story about what a person has been through than faces.In an extensive photographic study, Booth has turned images of people’s hands into an alternative form of portraiture. Photo: Deborah Bull has danced before presidents, […]

Anatomical Renderings by Paci.

Taking the analogy comparing blood vessels and tree branches literally, Nunzio Paci (previously) creates oil and graphite paintings that connect humans back to nature. Paci’s works look almost straight from a medical textbook except for one flaw—the trees and animals that sprout from his subjects’ mouths, chests, and necks. Paci ultimately takes a painterly approach […]

Freckles like Veils of Stars.

People have always been Fritz Liedtke’s favorite subjects. He was out to dinner several years ago when he was taken with one of his dining companions, a woman with “amazing freckles.” Liedtke asked if he could take her photograph, which he did under the light of a neon sign in front of the restaurant. “It […]

‘Dissected Heads’ by Gautier, 1748.

Credit: Wellcome Library, London Two dissected heads seated on sacking. Dissections by P.Tarin. Coloured Mezzotint 1748 by Jacques-Fabien Gautier d’Agoty From: Anatomie de la tete Published: Gautier etc. Paris 1748

Anatomical Illustrations by Travis Bedel.

Mixed media artist Travis Bedel creates stunning collages that merge anatomical imagery with illustrations from science guides and textbooks. You can see much more of his work over on Tumblr, and he has prints for sale on Society6 and Etsy. See more images via anatomy | Colossal.

The Nautical History of Tattoos.

Traditional tattoo designs, like anchors, swallows, and nautical stars, are popping up on the arms and ankles of kids in every hip neighborhood from Brooklyn to Berlin, Sao Paulo to San Francisco. Yet these young land lubbers probably don’t even know the difference between a schooner and a ship, much less where the term “groggy” […]

Remmelin’s Anatomical ‘Flap’ Book.

This volume is a rare edition in Dutch of the greatest of the anatomical ‘flap’ books. The work features three full-page plates with dozens of detailed anatomical illustrations superimposed so that lifting the layers shows the anatomy as it would appear during dissection. Although flaps had been used in printing before, Remmelin was the first […]

Paolo Mascagni’s Exploded Torso.

Illustration of human viscera by Paulo Mascagni, from his Anatomia Universa (1823-31) – Source: Wellcome Library, London. Paolo Mascagni (January 25, 1755 – October 19, 1815) was an Italian physician and anatomist. He is most well known for publishing the first complete description of the lymphatic system. Mascagni was born in the comune of Pomarance […]

Foetus 18 Weeks.

In the 1950s, photojournalist Lennart Nilsson set out to capture the earliest stages of existence. In April 1965, Life magazine put a photograph called Foetus 18 Weeks on its cover and caused a sensation. The issue was a spectacular success, the fastest-selling copy in Life’s entire history. In crystal clear detail, the picture showed a […]

Your Blood type is more complicated than you think.

Not long ago, a precious packet of blood traveled more than 7,000 miles by special courier, from America to Australia, to save the life of a newborn. Months before the delivery date, a routine checkup of the mom-to-be had revealed that the fetus suffered from hemolytic disease. Doctors knew that the baby would need a […]