17 November 2021 - 10 December 2021
(Closed at weekends)
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR
From an early daguerreotype of Arctic explorer Joseph René Bellot to a remarkable aerial image of 1960s Abu Dhabi and iconic photographic ‘firsts’ from Antarctica to Zanzibar, this exhibition presents an introduction to the Society’s collection of over 500,000 historic images.
Documenting and observing the world through the medium of photography has been a focus of the Society’s work since the 1880s, when John Thomson was appointed as the Society’s official photographic instructor. Thomson referred to photography as "the absolute lights and shadows of all things seen and that are of value in expanding our knowledge of the world in which we live". Works featured include images by Gertrude Bell, Carleton Watkins, Isabella Bird, Sarat Chandra Das and Eric Newby, spanning over a century of documentary photography.
All images featured in the exhibition can be purchased from the RGS Print Store.
Featured image: John B. Noel
The Society is grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Rolex for their support for the Society’s Collections.
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