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Subject: Seeing
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Representations of the world can seem more realistic than the real thing. By developing an image which can enhance memories, challenge ideas, or reinforce stereotypes, we can also change 'real' life. The camera has proved a remarkably powerful technology for recording interesting and sometimes disturbing images. From railways to war and foreign parts, the exotic has become familiar through photography. The remarkable photographic collections of the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television include the archive of the Daily Herald newspaper which began in 1912 and ran until the mid-1960's. The National Railway Museum and the Science Museum also have powerful photographic collections, interesting both for their subjects and treatments. Whether through travel in the picture album or through the railway poster, we can all enjoy a sort of virtual travel across space and time.
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Many of the images we see in the media have been altered in some way. Sometimes it is done to deceive the viewer and sometimes simply to improve the image. Why do we accept image manipulation?  > more
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Warfare, responsible for great suffering, has also inspired some of the greatest creativity. It has been the subject of the most profound art. Television has brought images and reportage of conflict into the home. At its best, this is done with integrity. However, sometimes this mating of communications technology and war has instead been called propaganda – but how distinct is propaganda from 'truth'?  > more
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Combining the modern and the nostalgic, railways have a special romance today. For hundreds of years they have also attracted artists. The heroic scale of railway construction and speed, romantic destinations and industrially transformed landscapes have all provided inspiration.  > more
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The scientist has a real existence on screen as well as in the laboratory. Since Dr Frankenstein, the fictional scientist has often been mad, bad and dangerous to know. But this image has also evolved as attitudes to science have changed.  > more
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Is your journey really necessary? Why not travel in the realms of memory and imagination? Can we experience foreign lands without leaving home? Technology enables us to travel without a passport.  > more
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Photography and memory are intricately entwined. For most of us our photographs are the physical embodiment of times gone by. And yet this attachment can bring the danger of our recollections becoming obscured, with the photograph, not the event or the person, being remembered.  > more
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By using special photographic and film techniques we can produce the illusion of accelerating, slowing down or even suspending time. Movement normally hidden from our eyes is revealed - whether it is how horses gallop or plants burst into flower. The use of such methods challenges our perception, strengthens our understanding and sparks our imagination.  > more
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The engineering drawing became the method of converting ideas into machines. However, many of the plans produced had an aesthetic quality that suggests that they played a bigger role in the story of industry than that of a simple tool  > more
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