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Michael Peres snowflake photomicrograph

 Collection — Drawer: 34
Identifier: RITArt-0102

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a snowflake photograph created by Rochester Institute of Technology Professor Michael Peres. These types of images are called photomicrographs. The photograph reveals an ice crystal at 50 times magnified. Peres created his first snowflake image over a decade ago and has gained world wide attention for his work. This image is dated January 1, 2014.


  • Creation: 2014


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Michael Peres joined the teaching faculty at Rochester Institute of Technology in 1986. During his three decade teaching career at RIT, he has served as the acting chair of the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences; the associate chair of the School; the interim chair of the fine art photography program; interim chair of the visual media program; and chair of the Biomedical Photographic Communications department (1989 -2009).

Peres' expertise includes photography using a light microscope as well as biomedical photography and related technologies. Peres has been active in publishing most of his career and served as editor-in-chief of the Focal Encyclopedia of Photography - 4th edition.

He has presented many papers and imaging-related workshops all over the United States, as well as in Sweden, Canada, the UK, Austria, Tanzania, the Netherlands, Germany, and Australia. He has been a member of BioCommunications Association since 1978. Some of his current professional activities include being one of the coordinators for the annual RIT Big Shot and the Images from Science exhibition.

He has won numerous awards including the RIT Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching; the Gitner Prize presented by the RIT College of Imaging Arts and Sciences for ourstanding work in the graphic arts (2X); the 2007 Louis B. Schmidt Award presented by the BioCommunications Association for life time contributions to the Biocommunications industry; and the 2010 RIT Frank Romano prize for innovation in publishing in the graphic arts. Michael holds a master’s degree in instructional technology and bachelors degrees in biology and biomedical photographic communications. He is also a registered biological photographer. He was born in Utica, New York and is married to Laurie Susan Peres. He has 2 children, Jonathan and Leah.


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The collection consists of one photomicrograph of a snowflake created by Rochester Institute of Technology faculty member Michael Peres.


The collection consists of one item.

Physical Location

RIT Archives Reading Room, Drawer 34
RIT Art Collection

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The image was donated to the RIT Archives Museum by Michael Peres in July 2015. Accession number(s): 2015:078


  • Michael Peres at Art on Campus, Rochester Institute of Technology


The photograph measures 8 x 8 inches.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lisa Witt in September 2015.

Michael Peres snowflake photomicrograph
RIT Art Collection
Lisa Witt
17 September 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA