Drawn by Light: The Royal Photographic Society Collection

National Science and Media Museum

20 March – 21 June 2015

Highlights from the world’s oldest surviving photographic society are used to chart the creation, innovation and versatility of the medium.

Mervyn O'Gorman, Portrait of Christina, c.1913

Included are many of the defining names of the last century: Lewis Carroll, Roger Fenton, Ansel Adams, Don McCullin and Martin Parr among them. Their work spans landscapes, still lives, nudes, portraits, photo-reportage and composites and, seen here together, provides a fascinating account of the history of photographic practice.

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A camera lucida sketchbook belonging to photography pioneer Henry Fox Talbot is one of the rare items on display from the medium's early invention in the 1800s.

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Daily, 10am – 6pm

Closed 25 Dec

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