The Science Museum’s brand new Media Space is still a hive of activity. Despite the whirlwind of hard-hatted workmen and gallery staff busy adding finishing touches to this £4.5 million project, it is not difficult to imagine the final outcome with the official opening only days away.

Media Space is a collaboration between London’s Science Museum and Bradford’s National Media Museum and its opening show has utilised previously untapped parts of the archive at the National Photography Collection. The Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr combination provides a fitting launch exhibition on many levels. The late Ray-Jones has often been described as that most cultish of things – a “photographer’s photographer”. A self-confessed eccentric, his untimely death from Leukaemia in 1972, aged just 30, put a halt to a career that was gathering momentum and art world recognition from the likes of the ICA. As the first major London

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