Photomicrograph


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Thorben Danke

A prizewinner by Thorben Danke. Photomicrography was the very first career I truly wished to enter while still a young lad in the industrial world of New England. Wanted it, so bad. But, like anything approaching an apprenticeship in the 1950’s, you didn’t even earn peanuts, much less enough to live on – on your own.

But, I worked with a great and skilled practitioner of the art, Billy Hogg, from the UK. We worked in a laboratory testing, examining non-ferrous metals produced by our employer. He did the final touches and took the photos of samples after I’d done the rough work including polishing and chemical etching. Beautiful stuff.

Was not to be.