With a career spanning over 18 years, British photographer Levon Biss has had an illustrious career, with his work appearing on the cover of TIME magazine, and a best selling book on global football entitled ‘One Love’ – a title I’m not sure many English fans would currently agree with. Swiftly moving on, today our focus is his latest project entitled Mircosculpture, in which Levon turns to macrophotography, to show the scarcely seen beauty of the insect world.


Microsculpture Jewel Longhorn Beetle Levon Biss Oxford University Museum of Natural History

“Each image from the Microsculpture project is created from around 8000 individual photographs. I shoot with a 36-megapixel camera that has a 10x microscope objective attached to it via a 200mm prime lens.”
~ Levon Biss, Photographer

Biss’ insect subjects are taken from the collection of Oxford University’s Museum of Natural History and as such the collection of photographs are being exhibited in the Museum’s main court, surrounded by Neo-Gothic architecture. The large-format high-resolution imagery is portayed ion photographic prints – some measuring up to 3 metres wide – with the insects themselves present to give context to the sheer scale of the project.




Microsculpture Wasp Mimic Hoverfly Levon Biss Oxford University Museum of Natural History


Oxford University Museum of Natural History
27th May – 30th October 2016



“I photograph the insect in approximately 30 different sections, depending on the size of the specimen. Each section is lit differently with strobe lights to bring out the micro sculptural beauty of that particular section of the body. “
~ Levon Biss, Photographer

Microsculpture Ground Beetle Levon Biss Oxford University Museum of Natural History


The world’s oldest insect specimen collection has been made anew and reified for modern interest through photographic artistry; Charles Darwin would be proud. The limited edition prints themselves are available to purchase directly from Levon Biss’ website.



Microsculpture Flying Saucer Trench Beetle Levon Biss Oxford University Museum of Natural History

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