Lady Elizabeth Eastlake, the wife of Charles Eastlake, the first President of the Photographic Society, The London Quarterly Review, April 1857

Drawn by Light

The Royal Photographic Society have opened an exciting exhibition at the Science Museum – Drawn by Light – which aims to cover the history of photography. The exhibition includes 200 iconic images taken between 1820 and today, as well as historical photographic equipment. From landscapes to portraits, the exhibition features work by may of the world’s most influential photographers including Roger Fenton, William Henry Fox Talbot, Steve McCurry, Don McCullin, Terry O’Neill and Martin Parr.

The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) is one of the word’s oldest surviving photographic societies. Founded in 1853 the  RPS Collection comprises over 250,000 images, 8,000 items of photographic equipment and over 30,000 books. In 1858 the RPS held one of the UK’s first public photographic exhibitions in the South Kensington Museum, today the Science Museum and the V&A – which is where you can see Drawn by Light. The exhibition is open from 2/12/2014 to 1/3/2015.

Two of my favourite photos from the exhibition are; Afghan Girl, at Nasir Bagh refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan, 1984 by Steve McCurry and Soldiers of the Sky, 1940, Nickolas Muray.

 

Afghan Girl, at Nasir Bagh refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan, 1984 by Steve McCurry

Afghan girl by Steve McCurry

Soldiers of the Sky, 1940, Nickolas Muray

Soldiers of the Sky by Nickolas Muray

 

A great opportunity to see some fantastic images and discover how photography has changed over time – and how it has also influenced our perception of the world.

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