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Unearthed: Photography's Roots is temporarily closed until further notice. Please check the venue's website for the latest details.

Trace the history of photography from the 1840s to present day, as seen through depictions of nature.

Dulwich Picture Gallery's first major photography exhibition brings together over 100 works by 25 leading international photographers.

Unearthed reveals the fascinating technical processes and narratives behind these images, showcasing innovations in photography by key figures including William Henry Fox Talbot and Imogen Cunningham as well as several overlooked photographers including Japanese artist, Kazumasa Ogawa and the English gardener, Charles Jones. Jones’ striking modernist photographs of plants remained unknown until 20 years after his death, when they were discovered in a trunk at Bermondsey Market in 1981.

The exhibition opens with some of the first known Victorian images by Talbot, with his experiments with paper negatives, and will also feature works by the first female photographer Anna Atkins and 3D stereoscopic photographs by the Lumiere Brothers – displayed publicly for the first time.

Focusing on botany and science throughout, themes range from typology and form to experiments with colour and modernism. The show culminates with more recent advancements in photography, from the glamour and eroticism of artists Robert Mapplethorpe and Nobuyoshi Araki, to experimentations with still life compositions. The exhibition will also feature a contemporary intervention from renowned video artist Ori Gersht.

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