The exhibition brought together paintings, unique sketches and the first photographs of the Victorian era - and up to the latest achievements in photography, from the glamor and eroticism of Robert Mapplethorpe to experiments with still lifes by Richard Leroyd. The exhibition includes over 100 works by 41 of the world's leading artists, showcasing innovations in photography by key figures including William Henry Fox Talbot and Imogen Cunningham, as well as several underrated photographers, including rare works by the Japanese artist Kazumasa Ogawa and the English gardener Charles Jones. Vivid modernist photographs of Jones' plants remained unknown for 20 years after his death, until they were discovered in the Bermondsey market in 1981.
The exhibit will open with some of the first known Victorian portraits of Talbot, with his experiments with paper negatives, and will feature many works by one of the first female photographers, Anna Atkins. Focusing on botany and science, themes range from typology and form to experimentation with color and modernism. The gallery features a contemporary installation "On Reflection" by renowned video artist Ori Gersht, which is a reimagining of Jan Brueghel the Elder's still life and has never been exhibited in the UK before.