About the Book

CERN – A Unique Portrait

Inside Cern
European Organization for Nuclear Research
20 x 27.5 cm, 432 pages, 295 illustrations, paperback
ISBN 978-3-03778-275-0, English
ISBN 978-3-03778-262-0, German
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For most people locations that hold a particular importance for the development of our society and for the advancement of science and technology often remain hidden from view. They are separate and protected, such as CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, close to the city of Geneva. CERN is best known for its giant particle accelerator. Here researchers from around the world take part in a diverse array of fundamental physical research, in the pursuit of knowledge that will perhaps one day revolutionize our understanding of the universe and life on our planet.

The Swiss photographer Andri Pol mixed with this multicultural community of researchers and followed their work over an extended period of time. In doing so, he has created a unique portrait of this fascinating world. The cutting-edge research is given a human face and even if we don’t fully understand the processes at work, the pictures allow us to perceive how in this world of the tiniest particles the biggest connections are searched for. An essay by writer Peter Stamm, who visited CERN and spoke to numerous scientists, completes the book alongside a text by Rolf Heuer, general director of CERN.

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Andri Pol
Andri Pol, born in Bern, Switzerland, in 1961, is a freelance photographer. In his work, he seeks out the remarkable in the every day. He has published several books, including the bestseller Grüezi — Seltsames aus dem Heidiland (2006) and Where is Japan (2010). His work is featured in various international magazines and publications.
> Interview with Andri Pol (uncubemagazine.com)
Peter Stamm
Peter Stamm, born in Scherzingen, Switzerland, in 1963, is a freelance writer. His first novel, Agnes, was published by Arche Verlag Zurich in 1998. He has since published numerous novels and short stories, including Sieben Jahre (2009) and Seerücken (2011). He is also the author of plays for radio and stage.
Rolf Heuer
Rolf Heuer, born in Boll, Germany, in 1948, is a particle physicist, professor at the University of Hamburg, and has been Director-General of CERN since 2009. Member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and foreign member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences; honorary degrees of Doctor of Science from several universities in Europe, in Asia, Australia, and Canada.
Lars Müller Publishers
Lars Müller Publishers is an internationally active publishing house. It came into being in Baden, Switzerland, in 1983, as a result of the bibliophile passion of designer Lars Müller. The press has made a worldwide name for itself – and not just in specialist fields – with carefully edited and designed publications on architecture, design, and contemporary art. Lars Müller works closely with his authors to produce significant publications of great independence, to the highest possible standards. Lars Müller Publishers presents its program as a “school of seeing.” It offers a precise selection from the unmanageable flood of visual events, and brings together authors, designers, and artists who stand for quality and tenacity in their own right.


What others say

What others say


3 January 2014, designboom.com

432 pages of the highest image and paper quality. (…) ‘inside CERN’ not only documents the inner workings of the company, but also brings to life a previously closeted environment, an intimate and revealing portrait…

> designboom.com
18 December 2013, uncubemagazine.com

[Andri Pols] documentary images reveal fascinatingly intimate and surprisingly humorous insights into everyday life at nerd central.

> uncubemagazine.com
11 December 2013, klatmagazine.com

At the end of this long journey, we too feel ourselves to be part of the nuclear giant’s life. Brilliant.

> klatmagazine.com
27 November 2013, home.web.cern.ch

CERN’s gigantic detectors have been photographed before (…). But Pol breathes life into his photo essay with an original eye, a light, airy style and arresting compositions. He presents CERN as a very human story – a candid portrait of people at work.

> home.web.cern.ch



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