Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Sculpture or Human Organ? These Photos Make It Hard to Tell

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Sculpture or Human Organ? These Photos Make It Hard to Tell

Hexbyte Tech News Wired

Founded in 1887 by the London Missionary Society, the Medical Faculty of The University of Hong Kong is among the oldest Western-style medical schools in the Far East. It was there that anatomy professor Francis Chang and a team of students began assembling a collection of human anatomical specimens—bones, muscles, brain tissue, hearts, and other organs—that they carefully embalmed and mounted as teaching aids in the 1960s. The university website refers to the specimens as “silent teachers…enabling students to enrich their knowledge in Anatomy.”

A few years ago, the university invited celebrated Hong Kong photographer Chan Dick to shoot specimens from the collection. With the help of Dr. Chan Lap Ki, Chan spent a few days browsing through the collection and selecting the pieces he wanted, then used a Hasselblad digital camera to shoot the specimens in highly detailed close-up, black and white against black backgrounds.

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