Posted by: hiddenlondon | December 2, 2014

Drawn by Light – Photography Exhibition

 

Leicester Square by Paul Martin, 1896

Leicester Square by Paul Martin, 1896

An exhibition opens today at the Science Museum, which explores how the history of photography has shaped our perceptions of the world.  On show are over 200 images from the archive of the Royal Photographic Society, which is the world’s oldest surviving photographic society, having been established in 1853.  These images therefore, come from one of the most important photographic collections in the world.

You can see some of the earliest known photographic images dating back to the 1820s, by pioneers of photography such as Roger Fenton, William Henry Fox Talbot and Julia Margaret Cameron, alongside contemporary works by some of modern photography’s most influential figures, such as Don McCullin, Terry O’Neill and Martin Parr.

Drawn By Light, 2nd December to 1st March 2015.  Science Museum, SW7 2DD.

1852 by Juan Carlos Maria Isidro, Count de Montizon de Borbon.  Pictured at London Zoo, this is believed to be the first photograph of a hippo ever taken.

1852 by Juan Carlos Maria Isidro, Count de Montizon de Borbon. Pictured at London Zoo, this is believed to be the first photograph of a hippo ever taken.

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