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My name is Antonio Romero, and I was born in Granada (Spain). I use scientific photography to express myself creatively, specifically through the instrumental discipline of optical microscopy.


I am a member of the Spanish Society of Microscopy and the European Microscopy Society.



1.- How I trained

I studied at Escuela de Arte de Granada (Granada, Spain), where I was taught Aesthetics of Photography by Vicente del Amo, a disciple of Otto Steinert (founder of the Subjective Photography movement).

I am a self-taught scientific photographer.


From the point of view of instruments,

I specialize in:

  • macro photography,

  • optical microscopy photography,

  • stereoscopic microscope photography.


My interests also extend to:

  • ultrafast photography,

  • infrared photography,

  • ultraviolet photography,

  • astrophotography.


The themes of my photographs are diverse, including:

  • health sciences: medicine, pharmacology, neuroscience,

  • life sciences: botany, zoology, biochemistry, genetics,

  • Earth sciences: mineralogy, petrology, stratigraphy, edaphology, paleontology, geodynamics, agronomy,

  • other scientific areas: archeology, chemistry, electronics, computer architecture, and materials science.

The subject-matter of my artworks is the the microcosm of human: his intimate nature, his science, and his technology.

2.- My career


It can be divided into three stages.

In the first stage my photographs had a predominantly scientific and documentary character. At the same time, I cultivated my aesthetic passion for these subjects. This was the most technical and objective use of my images, targeted at a specialized academic audience. The photographs were included in research papers, contributions to scientific conferences, PhD dissertations, and others. My works were published mainly in Spain, e.g., of researchers from the universities of Granada and Málaga (Spain), and from research centers such as:  

  • I.F.A.P.A (Granada, Spain) and

  • C.S.I.C. (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, the Spanish National Research Council), at :

    • Estación Experimental del Zaidín

    • Instituto de Geología Mediterránea


The second stage of my production was of a more creative nature, and has been published in the international sphere. I sought plasticity and aesthetically pleasing elements without neglecting the requirements of scientific rigor. These images were issued in the cover of academic journals, popular science magazines, and others.


The latest stage of my production, which might be described as "creative scientific photography," is aimed at art galleries, exhibition spaces, and museums. The projects of this stage are the result of several passionate encounters with the invisible nature of the microcosm, and the images I have produced aspiring to be "walk through the microspaces" of a parallel world that is invisible to the naked eye.

3.- What I have published and exhibited

Featured in photography magazines, art collections, and exhibitions, like:

  • LensCulture (Netherlands, USA, France), feature:  Sun, Earth, Energy, Life: Coal.

  • Saatchi Art (USA), curated collection: Inspired By Man Ray: New Surrealist Works.

  • UNESCO, collective exhibition:    International Year of Light.


My photographs have been used by publishing houses and scientific publications such as:


  • Nature, by Macmillan Publishers (United Kingdom).

  • Elsevier (Netherlands).

  • Springer (Germany).

  • Wiley-Blackwell (United States of America).

  • The Lancet, (United Kingdom).

  • American Psychological Association (United States of America).

  • American Chemical Society (United States of America).

  • The Medical Journal of Australia (Australia)

  • British Medical Journal, by the British Medical Association (United Kingdom).

  • Pharmaceutical Journal, by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (United Kingdom).

As well as other editorial environments, and different media of science spreading, like:

  • National Geographic (United Kingdom).

  • New Scientist, Reed Elsevier (United Kingdom).

  • BBC Focus Magazine, Science &Technology (United Kingdom).

  • Quebec Science (Canada).

  • Discover Magazine, TIME (United States of America).

  • BBC TV (United Kingdom).

  • Newsweek (United States of America).

  • Focus Pressagentur (Germany).

  • American Diabetes Association (United States of America).

In addition, my photographs have been published for other creative uses in the United States of America, Japan, Australia, Canada, Brazil, Germany, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, France, Italy, and Spain.

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