Review of "The Visual Elements – Photography: A Handbook for Communicating Science and Engineering"

  • Ann Bell
Keywords: book review, photography, photographer's guide


This review provides an overview of The Visual Elements – Photography: A Handbook for Communicating Science and Engineering by Felice C. Frankel. A research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Frankel highlights four easily accessible tools – scanner, phone, camera, and microscope – and imparts practical and innovative advice for those who want to enhance their scientific research with captivating photos. Although intended for scientists and engineers, anyone interested in the technical aspects of photography and improving their compositional skills will benefit from Frankel’s instruction in this easy-to-use guide.

Author Biography

Ann Bell

Ann Bell is an art historian who holds an MA from the Bard Graduate Center and will complete an MLIS at Pratt Institute in Spring 2025. She was the director of the prestigious Morgan Book Project at the Morgan Library & Museum and has held faculty positions at Parson’s School of Design, the New York School of Interior Design, Pratt Institute, and Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She recently shifted to curatorial work with research concentrations in rare books and artist archives and is also pursuing a professional certificate in digital photography at the New School.