Acton LIP visit to exhibition at the British Library

This Saturday we will be visiting the “Points of View” exhibition of 19th century photographs at the British Library.

From the first tentative ‘drawings of shadows’ produced in the mid-1830s to its universal acceptance as a leisure pursuit, photography was swept along by a tide of entrepreneurial activity throughout the 19th century.

As an influential new artistic and documentary medium, photography rapidly developed into a lucrative profession. Science, government, industry and a growing media quickly recognised its power both to reflect and to shape society, while both artists and amateurs embraced its potential for personal expression.

Organised by subject matter, the exhibition asks: ‘Who was taking the photograph and why?’ Section by section, items are presented within their cultural context to explore some of the major themes of the 19th century – from expansion to industrialisation, science, and the rapid changes taking place in society. The final section reveals how technology responded to the demands of a developing mass market for photography, which continues to the present day.

Date: Saturday 28th November 2009
Time: 2pm
Venue: Meet inside the entrance at The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

Hope to see you there.

Tel: 07968 210533

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