Natural Killer Cell I - Limited Edition 1 of 3 Photograph by Jo Bradford

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Photography: Photogram, C-type, Photo, cameraless, luminogram on Paper, Other.

Multiple exposures of modulated light onto light-sensitive paper, through plates made from microscopic views of my own Natural Killer Cells. C-type photographic prints mounted on aluminium. The watermark is not on the finished artwork.

First shown at the Brick Lane Gallery in 2012.

Natural Killers was produced with the scientific collaboration of Dr Alice Brown, of Imperial College London. It was commissioned for the Beautiful Science Exhibition by Imperial College, with funding from the Wellcome Trust.

The Super Resolution Imaging equipment used to produce scientific images by Alice in her research into Natural Killer Cells is created using the most advanced and cutting edge imaging making equipment available today.

By contrast my artistic processes are rooted in antiquated photographic methods. I explore the effects of light on chemically sensitized paper, using experimental photographic techniques, but the work is cameraless in its creation. I create art by ‘painting’ with light onto photosensitive paper in a darkroom setting.

Combining Dr Brown’s high-tech imaging techniques with my own low-tech methods makes for an interesting conflation of the history of photographic image making. After our initial meeting it was agreed that this project would be made more remarkable if the Natural Killer cells studied by Dr Brown in her work and then turned into my art works, were my own Natural Killer cells.

I gave blood to Dr Brown's team in order to set the project in motion. A few weeks later, I received the first of the monochrome images of my Natural Killer Cells.

From these monochromatic digital files I created photographic plates for use in a darkroom enlarger. I then made chromogenic prints on light sensitive paper.

On her computer, Dr Brown views the cells she researches as groups of cells displayed in grids, with each of the cells coloured-in brightly to help with differentiation during her work process. These multicoloured grids of individual cells are only ever seen on her computer screen as she works. I replicated these grids for the Beautiful Science project.

I produced a number of brightly coloured photograms of my activated Natural Killer Cells. To do this I filtered the visible spectrum of white light into its separate colours. I used the filtered light to paint with colours onto light sensitive paper.



Natural Killer Cell I - Limited Edition 1 of 3

Jo Bradford

United Kingdom


Size: 9 W x 9 H x 0.5 in

This artwork is not for sale.





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