Stanley Greenberg: Time Machines

September 13, 2013 - March 16, 2014

New York-based photographer Stanley Greenberg has long entranced viewers with his stunning black-and-white photographs that provide unparalleled access to objects and places ordinary people might otherwise never see—from New York's century-old water system to the hidden infrastructure of some of the world's most impressive architectural works. In this exhibition, Greenberg turns his lens on the unfailingly strange world of nuclear and particle physics.


From Fermilab to neutrino hunting in Antarctica to ongoing attempts to re-create the conditions of the Big Bang using the world's largest atom smasher in Switzerland, Greenberg has over the course of five years traveled to—and photographed—many of the most important experiments in modern physics. In his quest to photograph some of the most sophisticated equipment science has to offer, Greenberg's travels led him inside mountains, into mine shafts, as well as into laboratories miles above sea level. The results are breathtaking photographs in which hulking detectors and accelerators are revealed to be structurally interesting objets d’art. Through his work Greenberg takes readers deep into the world of muons, neutrinos, and quarks, a place where scientists mount ever-larger experiments in hopes of finding ever-smaller particles.

Stanley Greenberg is the author of Time Machines (Hirmer Verlag, 2011), Under Construction (University of Chicago Press, 2010), Waterworks: A Photographic Journey Through New York's Hidden Water System, (Princeton Architectural Press, 2003), and Invisible New York: The Hidden Infrastructure of the City, (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998).

Greenberg's work was the subject of an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. Greenberg's photographs have also been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He received a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in 2005. Greenberg has also received grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.