Jos Jansen: Science photographed under the bonnet

In his book 'Universe, Facts in the post-truth era' his photographs are about science and yet again do not. Jos Jansen photographs the reality that we do not see.
He comes to these results by asking himself a research question and is looking for an associated image. The image he finds can lead to the adjustment of the research question. Just as long as he has found the path to a way of photographing/visualizing that does justice to what he wants to show.


For his book Universe, he spent two years at the Science Park in Amsterdam. Research is done there, to know and to understand how things work, without an application already being available.

To capture the ingenuity of science

His photographs are amazing, it are light-footed beauties, who nevertheless testify to the reality of science. They are visualizations that penetrate ordinary people from the usefulness of science to science. Just because the images of Jos Jansen are ingenious by his own efforts, which enables him to capture the ingenuity of science.

The bald truth

Jansen edits images, translates data sets and algorithms into patterns and does not shy away from bald truth. For example, he photographed an expensive spherical research device with which neutrinos are measured in the Mediterranean; elementary massless particles that travel with the speed of light. Do you still follow? The device was driven into a cramped cart, clearly a tool, nothing special about it. That’s why Jansen also made a blue glamor photo, giving the device a stage that appeals to our astonishment and makes an impression.

Image and science coincide

He made the image of a researcher with protective glasses in a laser room negative. The viewer immediately feels that something special is happening here.
His visualization of the Hicks particles is a pattern like the movement lines of dance pairs.
Through the eyes of Jos Jansen, images and science come together to create a view that makes people curious and evokes the knowledge that we need science, even though we do not understand the content at all.

Report: Carla van Gaalen