Revelations: Experiments in Photography

Exploring the influence of early scientific photography on modern and contemporary art.

Since the 1840s photographic methods have been used by scientists to record phenomena too large, too small or too fast for the human eye to see. Artists have made important contributions; Henry Fox Talbot was a pioneer of microphotography, while Berenice Abbot spent two years at MIT making images of wave motion and other physical phenomena.

Their work is shown at this exhibition in Bradford alongside that of contemporary photographers such as Hiroshi Sugimoto, who captures fields of lightning with a 400,000 volt Van de Graaff generator that applies electrical charge directly onto the film.

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Photograms – created when light sensitive paper is exposed with objects laid on top of it – pioneered by László Moholy-Nagy are among the earliest examples of camera-less photography. 

Moholy-Nagy coined the term 'the New Vision', which he used to express his belief that photography could create a whole new way of seeing the outside world that the human eye could not. 

Venue details

National Media Museum Bradford West Yorkshire BD1 1NQ 0844 856 3797

Entry details

Free entry to all
Free exhibitions to all

Daily, 10am – 6pm

Closed 25 Dec

Reviews (1)

  • Agnes, London
  • 5 September 2015 - 11:52
  • Photographs from as early as 1840. Fantastic how photography helped to learn about the whys and hows of the world. If you haven't visited yet, check it out quickly.