Get inside CERN: ALICE with these shots from Antonio Saba

For the last seven years, Italian photographer Antonio Saba has been off and on shooting the production and progress of one of the four main Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments set at CERN (or the European Organization for Nuclear Research; in French it’s known as the Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire) on the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, Switzerland. 

In 2009, Saba released a coffee table book of his work titled “One Millionth of a Second After the Big Bang.” Back in January, he was invited back to CERN to check in on the progress of “A Large Ion Collider Experiment”, or ALICE, cavern section of the site. At this point, the ALICE site was fully equipped and ready start experiments.

Some of the shots are of the ALICE magnet (the big red thing), and others are taken from inside the LHC tunnel, which is 27 kilometers long, or about 17 miles. 

It’s a fascinating photo shoot that shows just how much goes into running and building the ALICE site, as well as how huge the actual site is. The workers featured in various shots feel miniscule compared to the equipment that they are working on.