Revelations: Experiments in Photography at the Science Museum

Published 3rd December 2015

Discover the influence of early scientific photography on modern and contemporary art in this major new exhibition, featuring some of the rarest images from the pioneers of photography.

From the 1840s, scientists were using photography to record and measure phenomena which lay beyond human vision. The beauty of these early images and the revolutionary techniques developed for scientific study, shaped the history of photography and heavily influenced modern and contemporary art photographers.

Revelations showcases some of the earliest photographic images from the National Photography Collection by figures such as William Henry Fox Talbot and Eadweard Muybridge alongside striking works by modern and contemporary artists including Harold Edgerton and Hiroshi Sugimoto.

On display for the very first time will be an original photographic print of X-Ray, the earliest recorded images of the moon and 19th century photographs capturing the hidden beauty of electrical discharges.

Visit Revelations: Experiments in Photography to discover the untold history of how early scientific photography exerted a powerful influence on the work of modern and contemporary artists.


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Watch the trailer here


Discounted admission for education groups who pre-book their visit – for more information and to book, please call 020 7942 4777.  Booking terms apply.

The exhibition is being held at the Science Museum until 13th September 2015.   Read more.

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