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A UK-based microbiological artist transforms single-cell algae into kaleidoscopic Victorian art

Klaus Kemp, microbiological artist and self-taught 'diatomist', arranges diatoms (mostly unicellular microscopic algae) into dazzling patterns, invisible to the naked eye. This art form has been around since the Victorian era but Kemp has taken the vivid structures to a new level of complexity.

Filmmaker Matthew Killip who has been fascinated with diatoms since his teenage years, has created a short film on Kemp as the only practitioner of this art form and his work.


To find out more about Klaus Kemp's work purchase slides of his work visit his website



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