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Perhaps the most exciting element of the new Media Space is how it realises the original vision for South Kensington to be a place where the two cultures of art and science coincide. This vision was common to other initiatives of the period, inspired by the Great Exhibition of 1851 and supported by HRH Prince Albert. Most particularly, in this context,' The Photographic Society [of London] will accordingly be hailed with pleasure by artists; good is sure to result from the unreserved intercourse between scientific men and artists' and ' In matters of Science and Art, however, there should be no such thing as resting satisfied.' - Journal of The Photographic Society of London, facsimile edition 1976, pages 76 and 152 available from The Royal Photographic Society Fenton House, 122 Wells Road, Bath BA2 3AH, United Kingdom.


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Comment by Robert Alexander Albright on December 31, 2012 at 8:43

More a case, I think, of disciplines previously seen as separate coming together in a new medium. This had happened previously of course with Daguerre, an artist who exploited the opportunity to create new images each of which was unique and therefore, in his eyes, more valuable than a reproducible image.

Comment by Giles Hudson on November 2, 2012 at 0:01

In the 1850s were the "two cultures" really art versus science, or (art and science) versus the classics?

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