The History Of Photography: Drawn By Light At The Science Museum
Londonist Rating: ★★★☆☆
We've been impressed by the quality of exhibitions at the Science Museum's Media Space since it opened earlier this year. While previous shows have focussed on very specific topics, the latest opening — Drawn By Light: The Royal Photographic Society Collection — covers a much broader subject: using images selected from the archives of the Royal Photographic Society, it aims to cover the entire history of photography.
As well as some great images on display there are strong references to the history of photography, including some early camera models and even some examples of heliographs — a process using light to create images, which pre-dates traditional photography.
One set of images that stood out for us were those of New York by Margaret Bourke-White. We loved the packed Coney Island beach, and visitors sticking their heads out of the Statue of Liberty's crown. Other highlights include Harold Edgerton's capturing of a drop of milk as it impacts on a smooth surface, and Alfred Buckham's The Heart of Empire — a sweeping aerial shot of London.
Drawn By Light tries to cover everything: the history of photography and all the various subjects it captures from documentation to advertising, and fashion through to portraiture. Such a broad remit means things tend to jump around, with no natural flow. Despite there being several great works here, there's a lack of cohesion. This exhibition, therefore, isn't as captivating as previous ones we've seen in this space.
Drawn by Light: The Royal Photographic Society Collection is on in the Media Space, Science Museum until 1 March 2015. Tickets are £8 for adults, £5 concessions.
Last Updated 03 December 2014