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WATCH: More than 250 amazing Royal Photographic Society pictures to go on show at the National Media Museum

Drawn By Light exhibition showcases almost 200 years of iconic images

Treasures from the Royal Photographic Society Collection are due to go on show at Bradford's National Media Museum.

Iconic photographs from taken around the world highlight the artistic and technological advances made in photography, documenting almost 200 years of history.

The exhibition, which opens at the Bradford city centre museum on March 20, features images by distinguished photographers Talbot, Fenton, Coburn and McCullim.

Niepce heliographs from the 1820s — some of the earliest photographic images — will be on show, as well as renowned contemporary works including Afghan Girl by Steve McCurry, which was taken in 1984 and added to the collection last year.

Click below to see images from the exhibition

The society collection forms part of the National Photography Collection, cared for by the National Media Museum.

The Royal Photographic Society, founded in 1853, began collection pictures to document technological progress in photography at the behest of Prince Albert.

Both the prince and Queen Victoria were keen advocates of photography.

The Drawn By Light exhibition has been co-curated by the Media Museum's Colin Harding, curator of photography and photographic technology, curator of the Forum of of International Photography and of the Reiss-Englehorn-Museen in Germany Claude W. Sui and associate curator Stephanie Herrmann.

Mr Harding said: "Preparing this exhibition has been a huge pleasure and privilege. It has meant spending even more time with one of the world’s greatest collections of photography and rediscovering the incredibly rich and varied nature of the items within.

"Researchers and visitors travel to Bradford from around the globe to enjoy and study the material in this archive."

Angus McBean Audrey Hepburn, 1950, Angus McBean, The Royal Photographic Society Collection, National Media Museum, Bradford
Audrey Hepburn, 1950, Angus McBean, The Royal Photographic Society Collection, National Media Museum, Bradford

The museum is celebrating the exhibition with an events day on Saturday March 21, 11am-5.30pm, where photographers can enter a photo competition with the theme of 'light'.

Photographers can submit up to two photographs and must bring them to the museum with a completed entry form (available here), 9am-noon. They will be judged by a panel of experts and displayed in the museum for one week. For more information click here.

The museum is also hosting a Photographer's Question Time in the style of BBC Radio 4 favourite Gardener's Question Time 1.30pm-3pm. Call 0844 856 3797 to book your free ticket.

Other highlights include a portrait sessions, photography classes and exhibition talks and tours.

The exhibition will run until June 21.


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