Drawn by Light: The Royal Photographic Society Collection


Open: 20 March - 21 June 2015


From serene landscapes to haunting portraits, this exhibition brings together over 200 extraordinary highlights from the collection of the world’s oldest surviving photographic society – iconic images taken by some of the greatest names in photography.

The Royal Photographic Society was founded in 1853. Its collection is now held at the National Media Museum as part of the National Photography Collection. With over 250000 images, 8000 items of photographic equipment and 31000 books, periodicals and documents, it’s one of the most important and comprehensive photographic collections in the world. We've made a selection of key treasures from this extraordinary collection.

You can see some of the earliest known photographic images, dating back to the 1820s, as well as work by pioneers of photography such as Roger Fenton and Julia Margaret Cameron, shown alongside contemporary works by some of today’s most influential figures, such as Don McCullin, Terry O’Neill, Martin Parr and Steve McCurry.

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