20th Century / Art / Britain / British History / Culture / Exhibition / Museum / Photography / Review

REVIEW- Vogue 100: A Century of Style

It appeared on newsagent shelves in September of 1916, and cost a shilling. The first ever issue of British Vogue promised its readers that ‘really and truly, such amazing things are going to happen to you that you would never believe them unless you saw them in Vogue.’  Not bad for a mission statement. And proof … Continue reading

19th Century / British History / Exhibition / London / London History / Museum / Photography / Review

REVIEW- Victorian London in Photographs

When it comes to an exhibition where I am sold on the title alone, then this has to rank right up there. Regular readers of the exhibitionologist will know, photographs -particularly old, scratchy, black-and-white ones- and the history of London constitute two of my special areas of interest. So the Victorian London in Photographs exhibition at the … Continue reading

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REVIEW- Drawn by Light

The Science Museum’s Media Space, a gallery dedicated to the collections of one of its sister museums, the National Media Museum in Bradford, opened only last year. But with its latest exhibition, the Media Space shows that it is already prepared to be hugely ambitious in its vision and in its scope. Putting on a show spanning the entire history of photography, as … Continue reading

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REVIEW- Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album

As amazing discoveries in the back of a closet go, this has got to rank right up there with the best of them. A highly acclaimed body of work thought to be lost forever, which had not been on public display in forty years. A priceless historical archive whose creator had not only turned their … Continue reading

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REVIEW- Only In England

This exhibition sees the coming together of  two museums and of the work of two enormously influential British photographers. The Media Space at London’s Science Museum is a brand new gallery built to showcase highlights from the National Photography Archive, held by the National Media Museum in Bradford (part of the Science Museum Group). The … Continue reading

20th Century / Art / Exhibition / History of Science / Museum / Photography / Physics / Review / Space

REVIEW- Visions of the Universe

Books about astronomy were always my favourite science books when I was a child. Why? Because they always had the best pictures. Whether it was an exploding star, the rings of Saturn, a volcano on Mars or simply the planet Earth viewed from space, the sense of awe and wonder that those beautiful images evoked … Continue reading

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REVIEW- David Bowie Is

David Bowie is the single greatest solo artist popular music has ever produced. Anyone who doubts this simple fact (and I assume there is not anyone reading this who does, but for the sake of sounding diplomatic I thought I’d say this anyway) should give Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane a few listens, and if … Continue reading