Media Space is a bold and exciting photography and art gallery on the second floor of the Science Museum. Media Space offers a programme of exhibitions and events drawing on the world-class National Photography Collection and the broader Science Museum Collections. Bringing together photographers, artists, curators and the creative industries Media Space explores relationships between, and lesser-known histories of, photography, science, art and technology. Media Space is a collaboration between the Science Museum and the National Media Museum in Bradford, home of the National Photography Collection. There are currently two exhibitions on as well as the permanent galleries. Gathered Leaves: Alec Soth is widely considered to be one of the world's foremost documentary photographers. Recently described by the Telegraph as the 'greatest living photographer of America's social and geographical landscape', Soth is admired for his experimentation across exhibition, book, magazine and digital forms. Like many great photographers and writers from the American canon – such as Robert Frank, Stephen Shore and Joel Sternfeld – Soth takes the open road as his subject, but brings to it his own unique and modern twist. Through haunting, intimate portraits, desolate landscapes and wide open wildernesses, his work captures a profound sense of what it is to be human. Tenderness, joy, disappointment, fear or pride – his striking portraits capture the rawness of human emotion and the tension between our conflicting desires for individualism and community.
Influence and Intimacy: Discover the vibrant life and works of pioneering photographer Julia Margaret Cameron in their new exhibition, Julia Margaret Cameron: Influence and Intimacy, marking the 200th anniversary of her birth. Drawn entirely from the world-class National Photography Collection, the exhibition features the Herschel Album (1864), a sequence of 94 images which Cameron considered to be her finest work to date. Compiled by Cameron as a gift for her friend and mentor, the scientist Sir John Herschel, the album is comprised of Cameron’s bold, expressive portraits of influential friends, acquaintances and family members, including Alfred Tennyson and William Holman Hunt. The exhibition will also include rare images and objects such as the late photographs taken in Sri Lanka, her camera lens – the only surviving piece of her photographic equipment – and handwritten notes from her autobiography. A small number of disabled parking spaces are available outside the Museum on Exhibition Road. It is fully wheelchair accessible. Audio descriptions of a selection of objects are available to listen to on the Audio Description page.
Location : Science Museum, Exhibition Rd, London SW7 2DD
Opening Times: Daily 10:00 to 18:00.
Tickets : Free
Tel: 020 7942 4000