The Royal Photographic Society was founded in 1853. Its collection is now held at the National Media Museum as part of the National Photography Collection. With over 250000 images, 8000 items of photographic equipment and 31000 books, periodicals and documents, it’s one of the most comprehensive photographic collections in the world. This exhibition brings together a selection of key pieces from the collection.

You can see some of the earliest known photographic images, dating back to the 1820s, as well as work by pioneers of photography such as Roger Fenton and Julia Margaret Cameron, shown alongside contemporary works such as those by Don McCullin, Terry O’Neill, Martin Parr and Steve McCurry.

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