There are few other contemporary photographers who are as acutely aware of the chemical, mechanical and artistic development of photography since its official introduction as Harold Strak (1959, Mozambique, now living in Amsterdam). Besides intensive study into 19th-century photography and printing techniques, he had to learn how to prepare glass negatives. Meanwhile, he managed to construct a wooden 33 x 44 cm plate camera with a bellows taken from a repro camera that he used to document Arthropoda, the phylum of invertebrates with jointed limbs. Not in the way they surround us in countless numbers, but in various states of decomposition after their relatively short lives. A chemical and optical miracle thus unveils the marvellous world of the countless arthropods.