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Science and Art Photography

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“Revelations: Experiments in Photography” – the exhibition begins by showcasing the pioneering scientific photography produced during the 19th and early 20th century and the ways it helped expand the visual field. From here, it plots a course through 20th century art, examining the ways in which iconographies and methods drawn from earlier science helped to shape the face of modernism. The exhibition concludes by looking at the work of contemporary artists, questioning what their interest in earlier scientific photography suggests about our current visual landscape.

From the 1840s, scientists were using photography to record things too large, too small or too fast for the human eye to see. William Henry Fox Talbot’s experiments with photomicrography, some of the earliest scientific photographs ever made, will be on show alongside striking works by contemporary artists including Trevor Paglen, Idris Khan and Clare Strand.

Iconic works on display include examples of the high speed photography produced by Berenice Abbott and Harold Edgerton at MIT, Carl Strüwe, Laure Albin-Guillot and Joris Jansen’s differing uses of photomicrography, the varied visual treatments of electrical force by Alan Archibald Campbell-Swinton, Man Ray and Hiroshi Sugimoto, and camera-less photography created by László Moholy-Nagy, György Kepes and Walead Beshty.

For further details visit Sciencemuseum

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