Science Museum Revelations
Since the 1840s, scientists have used photography to freeze time and record things that the naked eye can’t see. This Science Museum photography show showcases ground breaking images produced during the 19th and early 20th centuries, from original X-Ray negatives and photomicrography to snapshots from the 1800s of electrical charge.
Science Museum exhibition highlights
We were particularly excited to see the show’s collection of iconic high-speed photographs taken by Berenice Abbott, Eadweard Muybridgr and Harold Edgerton at MIT. His iconic shots of bullets through apples and lemons were a particular highlight. The vibrance of these photographs reveal that Edgerton's aesthetic considerations sat happily alongside his scientific curiosity.
Harold Eugene Edgerton, detail, 1955
Man Ray's photographs of electrical appliances and celestial bodies fuse the domestic and universal in a characteristically striking fashion.
Électricité, Man Ray (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1890–1976 Paris)
Photography and contemporary art
This Science Museum photography exhibit traces the influence of original, unseen photographs on contemporary art, placing key scientific works next to modern masterpieces by artists like Trevor Paglen. Idris Khan's take on Muybridge's motion shots show nude figures rising, and these palimpsests range from the enigmatic to shyly erotic.
Idris Khan, Human and Animal Locomotion, 2005
Sitting on the border between art and science, Revelations is an absolute must-see for photography fans.
|What||Revelations: Experiments in Photography, Science Museum|
|Where||Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD | MAP|
|Nearest tube||South Kensington (underground)|
20 Mar 15 – 13 Sep 15, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
|Website||Click here for more details|