World’s First Invisible Photography Exhibition


Opening in the UK this week is Dotography: The World’s First Invisible Photography Exhibition.  The unique exhibition is a gallery of images that are each the width of a single human hair (printed using state-of-the-art nanotechnology) meaning they are completely invisible to the naked eye.  So visitors could be forgiven for thinking they are looking at dozens of empty photo frames.

Upon entry to the gallery in Birmingham, visitors are given a hi-spec handheld microscope that clips onto the back of a regular smartphone, prior to seeing a world of miniaturised photography open up in front of their eyes. The photography exhibition has been designed by The Big Bang Fair to inspire young people to consider a future in STEM. It is free to attend, and is open over four days from Wednesday, 24 January.


Among the 22 pictures on display throughout the gallery space are a number of iconic photographs that celebrate landmark scientific moments from the past – featuring the likes of Marie Curie, Albert Einstein and Neil Armstrong.  In addition to the historic STEM milestones, the gallery features a number of original submissions depicting the wonder of STEM in our everyday lives. These images were taken by people in the STEM community, school students and celebrities with a penchant for the world of science and engineering. Among the submissions is an image from The Great British Bake-Off finalist and engineer Andrew Smyth (who supplied an image of a Rolls Royce jet engine cake), wildlife expert Liz Bonnin (a picture of a Galapagos fern), and actors Ben Miller (a picture of his child’s Lego engineering skills) and Lucy Porter (a baby bump selfie).

The microscopic pictures at the gallery were all created using state-of-the-art nanotechnology from engineers at Scrona. The company employs a gold nanoparticle printing process that enables them to print super-sharp and detailed pictures to an astonishingly small scale: comparable to the diameter of a single human hair.




When is the World’s First Invisible Photography Exhibition?

It will be open over four days from 24 to 27  January


What are their opening times of the exhibition?

24 January: 2pm until 6pm

25 January: 4pm until 8pm

26 & 27 January: 11am until 3pm


Where will the World’s First Invisible Photography Exhibition be held?

It is located in Birmingham City Centre at Unit K2, Link Street, Link Road, Birmingham, B16 0EP


How much is the entrance fee?

The exhibition is completely free to attend


  1. January 24, 2018 / 1:31 pm

    Wow what a cool concept for a photography exhibition. I’m planning on going to Birmingham soon, hopefully I can catch this

    Laura x

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 25, 2018 / 12:05 pm

      Its only on until this weekend so hope you can catch it x

  2. January 24, 2018 / 1:49 pm

    This sounds like a really fascinating exhibition, I wish we lived closer!

  3. January 24, 2018 / 1:53 pm

    Woah! I’ve never heard of this kinda photography before. It’s really interesting seeing that they used nanotech. It’s such a great idea and kids could learn so much. The people who made them are talented also, and how they could make art so small!


  4. January 24, 2018 / 3:58 pm

    That seems like something for my boyfriend would love! Good reason to travel to Birmingham since we don’t have anything similar here:).

  5. January 24, 2018 / 7:07 pm

    This looks incredible. I might visit 🙂

  6. January 24, 2018 / 7:15 pm

    This looks so fascinating! I’ve never heard of anything like this. I’d love to check this out!

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 25, 2018 / 12:04 pm

      Hope you do Cherishing Flo

  7. January 24, 2018 / 8:39 pm

    I wish I were in UK so I could visit this exhibition. It looks incredible!

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 25, 2018 / 12:03 pm

      Thanks Frertsu x

  8. January 24, 2018 / 9:46 pm

    This is so cool!! It’s amazing how there are images that are so small to the naked but by just using a hi-spec microscope you can see them. I just think it’s amazing!!! I would love to go but I’m all the way in Australia 🐨 Great post as always xx

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 25, 2018 / 12:02 pm

      Ohh Ja’d hope they do get to Australia soon, its the first time its being held in the UK so Australia is not too far off.

  9. Maud
    January 25, 2018 / 7:54 am

    That’s so much fun! I love interactive exhibitions! 😄 Great post.

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 25, 2018 / 12:01 pm

      Thanks Maud, I am sure kids will love heading there as they will be able to see the images using the microscope

  10. January 25, 2018 / 10:11 am

    This is something my tech loving boyfriend would absolutely die for! Thank you for sharing!

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 25, 2018 / 12:00 pm

      Hope you both do get a chance to pop down to see it in person

  11. January 26, 2018 / 7:38 pm

    What an interesting idea! It’s so nice to have a new unique idea, and honestly I think it’s a great fun way to get children excited about art! Would love to go but I think I’m a little too far away and it’s a bit late now 🙁 hopefully it’ll come to where I live! Thanks for making me aware of this though x

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    • yeahlifestyle
      January 26, 2018 / 9:18 pm

      No problem at all Meera, yes its totally a new and interesting concept for an exhibition, and yes kids will totally love it.

  12. January 27, 2018 / 5:56 pm

    What a interesting concept! I wish they would do something like this near me so I could experience it! 💗

    • yeahlifestyle
      January 27, 2018 / 9:12 pm

      Its a travelling exhibition, so it might do

  13. January 29, 2018 / 1:21 am

    This is such a great exhibition concept! I love natural sciences, and it’s always fascinating to find new ways presenting it to different audiences.

  14. January 29, 2018 / 3:23 am

    This is such a unique exhibition. Never heard of it! I want to visit it! Too bad I live so far away!


    • yeahlifestyle
      January 30, 2018 / 12:17 am

      You can purchase the items online too Stephanie

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