Revelations: Experiments in Photography


Open: 20 November 2015 - 3 February 2016


Discover the influence of early scientific photography on modern and contemporary art in this exhibition featuring some of the rarest images from the pioneers of photography.

From the 1840s, scientists were using photography to record and measure phenomena which lay beyond human vision. The beauty of these early images and the revolutionary techniques developed for scientific study, shaped the history of photography and heavily influenced modern and contemporary art photographers.

Revelations showcases some of the earliest photographic images from the National Photography Collection by figures such as William Henry Fox Talbot and Eadweard Muybridge alongside striking works by modern and contemporary artists including Harold Edgerton and Hiroshi Sugimoto.

Visit Revelations: Experiments in Photography to discover the untold history of how early scientific photography exerted a powerful influence on the work of modern and contemporary artists.

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