An internationally renowned biomedical photographer, Chester F. Reather was a part of Hopkins for over 50 years. At the age of 28, Chester began taking pictures with Osbourne Heard, the photographer with the Carnegie Institute of Embryology (at Hopkins). Soon Chester’s magnified scientific images set a standard for medical and biological photographs around the world. Much of his most famous work appeared in the popular press.
In the 1940’s, magazines like Life, Time and Fortune ran photographic essays of his images of the developing human embryo. For the first time, the public was able to see the fetus as it developed. Even the Encyclopedia Britannica utilized his powerful black and white images to depict the beginning of human life. His work appeared in many textbooks authored by Hopkins physicians. As a founding member of the Biological Photographers Association, he trained many who later became distinguished members.
The Department of Art as Applied to Medicine is most grateful for scholarship funds providing financial support for a graduate student whose advanced work or thesis stimulates innovative research and creative use of new imaging modality.