Cesar Pava - Riot of colours

Cesar Pava has been SPL’s main colourist of scientific imagery for 25 years. He began working with SPL in the London office, before returning to his native country Colombia, as a freelancer in 2001. He loves colouring with a passion. No image phases him: the more complex, tangled, or messy the more he enjoys the challenge. With limitless patience, Cesar adjusts his headphones and disappears into a world of colours. As he says below, there is no system guiding him he simply follows his natural instincts. The number of versions produced per image is staggering, commonly twenty, all equally acceptable, making selection for the SPL files a mind-bending experience. How to lose any? Far less sixteen! Read the full interview here.


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Steve Gschmeissner - finding the unexpected

Steve Gschmeissner is one of the world’s leading scanning electron microscopists. Meet a highly skilled professional using a wonderfully realistic microscopic technique. His coverage of the microscopic world is comprehensive and wide ranging, including bacteria, human and animal tissues such as blood, nerves, bone and hair cells, pests, parasites and pond life, electronic circuitry and nanotechnology. His greatest contribution is an unrivalled collection of difficult to access cancer cells. SPL is the exclusive representative of his collection. We are proud to share the news that our contributor, scanning electron microscopist Stephen Gschmeissner, has been awarded the prestigious 2021 Lennart Nilsson Award. Read the announcement in full.


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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

A new disease, Covid-19, caused by a coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. The virus causes a mild respiratory illness that can develop into pneumonia and be fatal in some cases. Find more COVID-19 images here.


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Inside the body

Biomedicine seen through the eyes of our many talented artists revealing different processes and structures.


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Medical heroes

Thank you to all the medical heroes and essential workers on the frontlines around the world. You keep us going and make us proud.


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