Gary Greenberg combines his passion for art and science by creating dramatic landscapes of hidden worlds.
The secrets of nature are visible everywhere. Yet, they remain secrets until they are revealed. Greenberg has been using his special microscopes to create spectacular landscapes of worlds beyond our everyday perception - worlds where reality is seen as abstract form and color, motion and texture.
For Greenberg, art as a doorway through which we can more deeply embrace nature. His mission is to reveal the secret beauty of the microscopic landscape that makes up our everyday world.
The miracles of nature are tangible, and they can be seen directly through the microscope. The magnificence of nature lies in its consciousness. When we commune with nature, we become conscious of our connection with the universe.
Originally a photographer and filmmaker, at the age of 33 he moved from Los Angeles to London to earn a Ph.D. in biomedical research from University College London. Dr. Greenberg was an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California during the 1980’s. During the 1990’s he invented and developed high-definition, three-dimensional light microscopes, for which he was issued eighteen US patents.
Since 2001, Dr. Greenberg focuses his microscopes on common objects, such as grains of sand, flowers, and food. These everyday objects take on a new reality when magnified hundreds of times, revealing hidden and unexpected aspects of nature. Dr. Greenberg’s images of sand make us realize that as we walk along a beach we are strolling upon thousands of years of biological and geological history. Recently, Dr. Greenberg photographed moon sand returned from NASA’s Apollo 11 Mission.
Gary L. Greenberg, Ph.D.
PO Box 792169
Paia, Hawaii 96779
University College London, University of London
(Anatomy and Developmental Biology)
University of Southern California
University of Southern California (1980’s)
University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy
Advance Technology Research Center, Maui
18 US patents for microscope devices and methods
Founder of Edge-3D:
Vice President of Research & Development, Edge Scientific Instrument Corporation -developed and manufactured 3D research microscopes
Given over 50 major lectures world-wide
“Exploring the Microscopic World of Sand Grains”, Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul May 2008
Andrea Smith Gallery Sedona, Arizona June 2008, September 2006
Turnbull Studios Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Maui Hawaii
Maui Hands, Maui Hawaii September 2006
“Nature's Miniatures” The Studio Maui 2005
Pacific Center of Photography, Maui Hawaii 2002 - 2004
A Grain of Sand: Nature’s Secret Wonder Voyageur Press, 2008
Mary's Magic Microscope - Book One: The Sand Bandit by Dr. Gary Greenberg and Stacy Keach
A Bug's Eye View of Flowers - The Micro Photography of Dr. Gary Greenberg
Florotica - Revealing the Sensuality of the Micro World - Micro Photography by Dr. Gary Greenberg
See "Natures Minaitures", an article about the life and work of the artist, published in Hana Hou, the in-flight magazine for Hawaiian Airlines. Download the PDF HERE
Scientific American online – Sand Grains Slide Show – HERE
Discover Magazine Slide Show - HERE
A Grain of Sand Video - YouTube (low resolution) - Higher Resolution (Download) Please wait while the movie downloads
WCCO News Video - HERE
Dr. Gary Greenberg's Lecture Series Preview video:
YouTube (low Resolution) - Higher Resolution Apple version (.mov) 50.7MB and Windows version (.WMV) 110.3MB Please wait while the movie downloads
With Dr. Gary Greenberg and Stacy Keach by Joe Sutton on Heart of Hollywood MP3 HERE
Paia Youth Center Interview MP3 HERE