By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –The Nikon Small World Exhibition kicked off at the Wistar Institute on Friday night. The exhibit turns microscopic specimens into artistic expression.

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The exhibit is a six week showcase of 20 award winning photomicrography images, plucked from more than 20,000 worldwide. Wistar Institute President & CEO Russell Kaufman explains the concept.

“If you take a photograph, that’s photography. If you take it through a microscope, that’s photomicrography. So, all of the elements that have been photographed have been photographed through some type of microscope,” Kaufman says.

The photos show the structural details of all sorts of specimens and boast bright blues, golds, purples and oranges—colors that are hard to find in combination in the big world.

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“It’s zeroing down to the tiniest part of that structure. And out of it, we see that the big world is composed of a bunch of little things all put together,” Kaufman says.

He also says the photographs were taken by scientists all over the world, using microscopes that vary from those used by students to those used in research facilities, such as electron microscopes.

“All of these images represent scientific data; this is what we do on a day-to-day basis.”

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Kaufman says he hopes the free exhibit, which runs through March 4th, will help young people grow to love and enjoy the world of science. For more info, go to