Science Works celebrates the International Year of Light 2015

26 January 2015


26 January 2015 – 50 images that show some of the smallest and largest objects in the universe as well as objects normally invisible will light up the Royal Academy Courtyard from today until 6 February. Light Works is a free public outdoor exhibition which launches International Year of Light 2015 and will tour the UK throughout the year.

Organised by the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) with support from the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) ‘Light Works’ presents a 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.

Gary Evans ASIS FRPS, curator of the exhibition said: “With images so ubiquitous in the world today it was clear that the Royal Photographic Society needed to do something special to celebrate the International Year of Light. A ‘walk through the electromagnetic spectrum’ was the way to go, the hard part was settling on 50 images that not only have a rich visual impact, but also a story to tell.” From 10.00am until dusk on Friday 30 January, Gary Evans ASIS FRPS will be available for guided tours of Light Works

Dr Michael Pritchard commented: “Photography has played an important role in documenting the visible and invisible world since the 1840s. Modern imaging techniques using visible and invisible light – as Light Works shows - can provide us with a view into the infinitesimal small and the gigantic. More than this they provide us with beautiful images that frequently inspire and always excite us”

Light Works’ is on public display in the Burlington House Courtyard of the Royal Academy, from 25 January to 6 February and then tours to the following venues:

  • 8-27 February 2015. Belfast City Hall, Donegall Square, BT1 5GS
  • 4-19 April 2015. Edinburgh Science Festival
  • with new venues being added through out the year. 

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Image: Hugh Turvey HonFRPS, X-Ray Kiss.



For The RPS: Dr Michael Pritchard, Director-General, The Royal Photographic Society
Tel: 01225 325730 or e:

For STFC: Corinne Mosese, STFC Press Officer
Email:  Tel: 07557 317200

Notes to Editors:

Beginning with London’s premier arts and science venue, the courtyard of Burlington House, Light Works will travel to public locations in a number of cities over the course of 2015. The stunning images will offer something to everyone, regardless of their age or level of science knowledge.

Each image has been printed 2 metres wide and 1.2 metres high, images are mounted back-to-back on custom-made display stands. These will be placed in public locations in a number of cities. The idea is to attract everyone, of any age or level of science knowledge, by providing stunning images that engage their interest. Informative captions are provided to explain what the viewer sees and how this relates to everyday life.

The Royal Photographic Society is an educational charity. It was founded in 1853 ‘to promote the Art and Science of photography’ and was granted the use of the title ‘Royal’ in 1894 and it’s Royal Charter in 2004. With a membership open to everyone The Society is the UK’s largest organisation representing photographers with over 11,200 members in the UK and abroad. The Society publishes the Photographic Journal and Imaging Science Journal and it holds over 300 events around the UK and abroad. Its world-class Collection of historic photographs, equipment and library is housed for nation at the National Media Museum, Bradford. For more information see: