Visual art preview – Photography: A Victorian Sensation

Visual art preview -- Photography: A Victorian Sensation

©Howarth-Loomes Collection at National Museums Scot

Exhibition looks at Victorian craze for photography and its legacy over the years

A new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland takes a look at photography from the very beginning and follows its evolution until the present day.

Starting with the Victorian’s love for the artform back in 1839, Photography: A Victorian Sensation explores how it transformed from a scientific hobby few people could afford to take part in, to where we find ourselves in the modern day, when more photographs are taken every two minutes than in the whole of the 19th century.

Some highlights of the exhibition include a camera once owned by William Henry Fox Talbot, an image of Alfred, Lord Tennyson from 1869 and an early daguerreotype of the Niagra Falls, as well as the Howarth-Loomes collection, much of which has never before been publicly displayed.

Photography: A Victorian Sensation runs from Fri 19 Jun–Sun 22 Nov.

Photography: A Victorian Sensation

Learn all about the Victorian craze for photography.

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