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Light Works was an outdoor exhibition organised by The Royal Photographic Society to celebrate the International Year of Light 2015. The exhibition was shown in London, Belfast and Edinburgh and at other venues throughout 2015.
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Light Works was a Royal Photographic Society exhibition to celebrate International Year of Light 2015 in the United Kingdom. It consisted of 50 2 x 1½ metre photographs displayed outdoors and free to the public at different venues around the UK. 

© Gary Evans / Burlington House 2The fifty images provided a virtual journey through the electromagnetic spectrum from gamma rays to radio waves, showing how each kind of ‘light’ is used in our everyday lives through science, technology and medicine. The images explored ways of looking at ourselves and the world around us in a journey that takes us to visible and invisible worlds from inside our own bodies to the outer reaches of the very edge of space. 

Each image included a description of what the image showed, where the 'light' used sits on the electro-magnetic spectrum and who made the image as well as a QR code to provide more information about each picture.  

© Gary Evans / Burlington House 4 Images were printed 2 metres wide and 1 ½ metres high, and mounted back-to-back on custom-made display stands. These were placed in public locations in a number of cities around the United Kingdom. 

The exhibition was funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and is supported by the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) and The Royal Photographic Society (RPS). It was curated by Gary Evans ASIS FRPS.


London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, 25 January – 6 February 2015

Belfast, City Hall, Donegall Square, 9 February – 27 February 2015

Edinburgh, St.Andrew’s Square, 2 March – 30 April 2015

Cardiff,Senedd Building (National Assembly), Pierhead in Cardiff Bay, 31 May - 11 June 2015

Didcot, OxfordshireHartwell Campus of the Science and Technology Facilities Council, Fermi Avenue in front of the Diamond Light Source site,  4 - 20 July 2015
Open days on 8 July (schools) and 11 July (general public).  Click here for event information.

If you have a public space for the exhibition we would love to hear from you - drop us an email here

Click here to view the images and the accompanying information.  On the first page you will find the other images listed in the menu on the right.

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JOURNAL Bacteria on the Hands

About Light Works

From March 2015 The RPS Journal

The show's curator Gary Evans FRPS talks to the RPS Journal about the exhibition

Mar 2015
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