Revelations: Experiments in Photography

National Science and Media Museum

20 November 2015 – 3 February 2016

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.

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Daily, 10am – 6pm

Closed 25 Dec

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