Photography: A Victorian Sensation

National Museum of Scotland

19 Jun – 22 Nov

Meet the pioneers of photography and discover how the Victorian craze for the photograph transformed the way we capture images today and mirrors our own modern-day fascination for recording the world around us.

Follow the cross-channel competition between photographic trailblazers Louis Daguerre and William Henry Fox Talbot, enter the world of the 1851 Great Exhibition and see some of the world’s first stereophotographs. Then get swept up in the collecting craze of the carte-de-visite and discover the fascinating stories of the people behind the pictures, including Hill and Adamson’s beautiful images of Victorian Edinburgh.


National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street

Victorian Sensation
Whole plate daguerreotype of the Niagara Falls with three men in top hats in foreground