Detail view, David Malin, Dust and Gas Adrift in Orion, undated
Detail view, David Malin, Dust and Gas Adrift in Orion, undated

David Malin’s images of galaxies, nebulae, stars and comets are extraordinary beautiful. The outstanding quality of these photographs is further heightened by the platinum/palladium printing process: it lends the image an element of the unexpected, combining visual fidelity with artistic depiction. Born in England in 1941, David Malin studied chemistry before discovering his love of photography. He worked as a scientific photographer from 1975 to 2001 at the Anglo-Australian Observatory in New South Wales where he turned our perception of the edges of the universe upside down. As a specialist in electronic microscopy and the exploration of the infinitely small, he then became involved in astrophotography and for 26 years held the post of astronomer at the Observatory, which is equipped with one of the largest telescopes of the world.

He has developed innovative techniques, making it possible to produce images of extremely remote celestial objects, as well as some that are too faint to be seen by the naked eye. In his Sydney laboratory, these methods helped him to discover two new types of galaxies, the vaster of which bears the name "Malin I". By using "photographic amplification", a process permitting the duplication of the sheet of glass forming the negative by exposure to a diffuse light source, faint details appear which could not be recreated by a normal exposure, and subtle features and details become visible in the lighter areas of the image, without the print being over-exposed.
David Malin has long been praised and recognized for his work as photographer in scientific books and magazines, but has only recently found fame for his artistic talents, which have led to exhibitions of his work all over the world. His writings and discoveries have been awarded prizes by juries, both scientific and artistic, which have today earned him an excellent reputation, as much for his lectures as for his photographic works, which can be found in many international public and private collections.


Solo exhibitions
Das unsichtbare Universum

Kunstsammlungen Jena, Germany

David Malin

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

David Malin

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

Ancient Heavens

Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, USA

Australian Dreaming

Commonwealth Institute, London, UK

The Invisible Universe

Howard Schickler Fine Art Gallery, Broadway, New York, USA

Capturing Ancient Light

Howard Schickler Fine Art Gallery, Broadway, New York, USA

Nightskies. The Art of Deep Space

Major int. solo exhibition at various locations, presented by the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC, USA; The British Council, Beijing, China; The British Council, Delhi, India; The British Council, Cape Town, South Africa; The British Council Sydney, Australia; The British Council, London, UK

Group exhibitions
Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography

James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA, USA

Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography

Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, Maine, USA

Beyonf visibility: light and dust

Monash Gallery of Art, Wheelers Hill, USA

Human/Nature Landscape photography from the GoMA collection

GoMA Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, UK

A Very Liquid Heaven

The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, USA

Spaced Out

ACP Australian Center for Photography, Sydney, Australien

Images from Science

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, USA

Spae Odyssey

Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Mito, Japan

Mars and Beyond

National Museum of Australia, Canberra, Australia

Cosmic Reflections

Konsthall, Lund, Sweden

De la Terre, du Ciel et de la Mer

Ville de Montpellier, France

Beyond Appearances. Imagery in Science at the Millennium

Paine Webber Art Gallery, New York, USA


Headquarters of GEO Magazine, Hamburg


Musee des Beaux-Arts, Montreal, Canada; Centre de Cultura Contemporania, Barcelona, Spain; Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy

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