See the Epic Photos from the Exclusive Photo Walk at CERN

Inside CERN - Photo by Andrew Hara

CERN is a renowned international nuclear research facility located just outside Geneva. Straddling the border between Switzerland and France, it's home to the infamous Large Hadron Collider — the largest single machine ever made by humankind. It was built to find the Higgs boson, often referred to as the elusive "God particle." CERN recently hosted a small group of select photographers for a rare photo walk throughout their massive experimental laboratory, and we have an exclusive first look at the photos.

Inside CERN

I caught up with Dutch photographer Ruben Lammerink, who won a competition to attend the event along with 18 other handpicked photographers from around the world.

"It was an amazing experience and such an honor to photograph these great scientific achievements," said Lammerink. "It was tricky to shoot because despite the massive campus, they make use of every inch of space. It was a tight squeeze with a lot of mixed lighting, and sometimes very dim, so I shot wide open with a high ISO. We had guides lead us through different facilities hosting complex experiments. It was chaotic and mind-boggling and beautiful."

Check out the photos below from a few of the CERN photo walk attendees.

CERN

The ATLAS Building at CERN - Photo by Christine Woodward

CERN scientist

An engineer working at ISOLDE - Photo by Christine Woodward

A particle detector for radioactive isotopes at CERN - Photo by Andrew Hara

A particle detector for radioactive isotopes at CERN - Photo by Andrew Hara

A close-up of an experiment at ISOLDE - Photo by Ruben Lammerink

A close-up of an experiment at ISOLDE - Photo by Ruben Lammerink

An engineer prepares the attendees to enter LINAC4 - Photo by Gaetano Cessati

An engineer prepares the attendees to enter LINAC4 - Photo by Gaetano Cessati

The office of CERN theorist John Ellis - Photo by Christine Woodard

A office at CERN - Photo by Christine Woodard

A scientist calibrates an experiment at ISOLDE - Photo by Ruben Lammerink

A scientist calibrates an experiment at ISOLDE - Photo by Ruben Lammerink

University students work on an experiment at ISOLDE - Photo by Gaetano Cessati

University students work on an experiment at ISOLDE - Photo by Gaetano Cessati

A welder checks the work done by a welding robot at CERN - Photo by Ruben Lammerink

A welder checks the work done by a welding robot at CERN - Photo by Ruben Lammerink

An accelerating structure in LINAC4 - Photo Andrew Hara

An accelerating structure in LINAC4 - Photo by Andrew Hara

A view of an ISOLDE experiment from above - Photo by Mask Mae

A view of an ISOLDE experiment from above - Photo by Mask Mae

Photowalk attendee Andrew Hara stands beside the heart of an ISOLDE experiment - Photo by Ruben Lammerink

Photo walk attendee Andrew Hara stands beside the heart of an ISOLDE experiment - Photo by Ruben Lammerink

An engineer pours liquid nitrogen to cool a component in ISOLDE - Photo by Ruben Lammerink

An engineer pours liquid nitrogen to cool a component in ISOLDE - Photo by Ruben Lammerink

The LINAC4 accelerator - Photo by Andrew Hara

The LINAC4 accelerator - Photo by Andrew Hara

A machinist operates a CNC mill at CERN - Photo by Christine Woodard

A machinist operates a CNC mill at CERN - Photo by Christine Woodard

An engineer works on cabling at the LINAC4 - Photo by Ruben Lammerink

An engineer works on cabling at the LINAC4 - Photo by Ruben Lammerink

Machinists work on a welding robot at the CERN Main Workshop - Photo by Andrew Hara

Machinists work on a welding robot at the CERN Main Workshop - Photo by Andrew Hara

A welder checks the work done by a welding robot at CERN - Photo by Mask Mae

A welder checks the work done by a welding robot at CERN - Photo by Mask Mae

A project manager describes the process of proton acceleration at CERN - Photo by Ruben Lammerink

A project manager describes the process of proton acceleration at CERN - Photo by Ruben Lammerink

The floor of ISOLDE - Photo by Ruben Lammerink

The floor of ISOLDE - Photo by Ruben Lammerink

Outside the LENAC4 Building at CERN - Photo Gaetano Cessati

Outside the LENAC4 Building at CERN - Photo by Gaetano Cessati

2015 CERN Photowalk Attendees

2015 CERN Photo Walk Attendees

A big thanks to photographers Ruben LammerinkChristine Niemann, Gaetano Cessati, Maëlle Baud, and Andrew Hara for contributing their photography. Cover photo by Andrew Hara.

All images used with permission.

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3 Comments

Martin Beebee's picture

I'm sorry, but can we please ban the word "epic" from fstoppers article headlines from now on?

Rory Gallagher's picture

These are incredible. It's awesome to get a look behind the scenes at such and epic experiment. Thanks for the post.