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New Realities. Photography in the 19th century

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

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This exhibition will feature work from leading photographers including William Henry Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, and Gustave Le Gray, alongside anonymous surprises never previously exhibited. Highlights include work by the first woman photographer, Anna Atkins, who published the first book illustrated with photographs. ‘New Realities’ will show how people set out with their cameras to explore the world, from personal life to the unfamiliar peoples of distant Asia. X-rays and photos of botanical collections will illustrate the use of photography in the scientific world. There will also be examples of practical applications such as police photographs of criminals, and the first uses of photography in advertising. Find out more about the ‘New Realities’ exhibition from the Rijksmuseum’s website.

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Marie Jordan nude from behind (1890), George Hendrik Breitner

Marie Jordan nude from behind (1890), George Hendrik Breitner

Algae (1843–53), Annie Atkins

Algae (1843–53), Annie Atkins

Portrait of a North-African (1880), Antonio Cavilla

Portrait of a North-African (1880), Antonio Cavilla

On board (1892), Willem Frederik Piek

On board (1892), Willem Frederik Piek

Portrait of Charlotte Asser, daughter of the photographer (1842), Eduard Isaac Asser

Portrait of Charlotte Asser, daughter of the photographer (1842), Eduard Isaac Asser

View on Rome from Monte Pincio (1860–63), Robert Macpherson

View on Rome from Monte Pincio (1860–63), Robert Macpherson

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