A Lens on CDC: The Photographs of Jim Gathany

For the past 30 years, Jim Gathany has been documenting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) scientific achievements, its significant events, its facilities and its history. A Lens on CDC, the latest exhibit at CDC’s David J. Sencer Museum, celebrates Gathany’s long career, the artistry of both his scientific and documentary work and his incredible contributions to CDC.

The CDC Museum is currently featuring this exhibit until May 26, 2017, and it features Gathany’s photographs documenting insects, parasites and other vectors—his work that best epitomizes the integration of art and science. Using powerful close-up lenses, Gathany has produced compositions of mosquitos, lice, ticks and other vectors that are both scientific documents and works of art. 

Equally artful are his photographs of scientists working in CDC’s labs. He has also served as CDC’s lead photographer, documenting the many world leaders, including President Barack Obama, who have visited CDC. Collectively, the more than 50 images included in A Lens on CDC celebrates Gathany’s individual achievements, as well as the work of the world’s leading public health agency. 

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Admission to the CDC Museum and parking are free, although parking may be limited. Visitors need a valid, U.S. government or state-issued photo ID. Vehicle inspection is required. The museum is open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., with extended hours to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday and is closed on all federal holidays. For more information, visit the CDC museum website.

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Claire Stinson is a communications officer for the CDC Foundation.