Exposure: Lives at Sea

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Essential information

Opening times: 
Daily 10.30am-4pm (10am-5pm weekends)
National Maritime Museum

Visit Exposure: Lives at Sea, a brand new photography exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, and find out what life is really like for those who work at sea today.

Through a series of photographs taken by those working in the maritime industry, the exhibition shines a light on this often forgotten but integral work. 

We rely on our oceans for food, ecosystem services, energy and transportation, yet it is a world rarely seen. Bringing together photography taken around the world, from the reefs of Mexico to the isolation of Antarctica, this new exhibition shows us the myriad ways life can be spent at sea.

Please note: the exhibition is currently closed due to coronavirus restrictions, but you can see some of the photos in our online gallery. Find out more

Each of the six subjects tells their own fulsome and insightful story, allowing us to peer into their unusual way of life. Exposure leaves the viewer with an awareness of the human stories behind the working worlds of its subjects

★★★★★ Culture Whisper


Fakemas Flight by Michal Krzysztofowicz - Exposure Lives at Sea exhibition (by kind permission of the artist © Michal Krzysztofowicz)
Michal Krzysztofowicz spent 15 months working at the Halley Research Station with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). He set himself the challenge of documenting his experience, taking a photo every day for a year (© Michal Krzysztofowicz)

Meet the photographers

  • Cezar Gabriel - chief engineer
  • Corey Arnold - commercial fisherman in Alaska, USA
  • Dr Jennifer Adler - conservation photographer
  • Michał Krzysztofowicz - data manager with the British Antarctic Survey 
  • Peter Iain Campbell - drilling rig worker
  • Dr Octavio Aburto - marine ecologist

See more images from the exhibition

This socially distanced, visually-led exhibition displays the the experience of work and play at sea through the lens of six seafarers and researchers. From the large-scale panoramic to the intensely intimate, explore extreme environments and everyday life in this stunning photography exhibition.

Generously supported by an individual donor who has chosen to remain anonymous.

Planning a safe visit 

Entry to the National Maritime Museum and to Exposure: Lives at Sea is free, but you must book a ticket in advance. 

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(Main image: Handstand, by kind permission of artist © Corey Arnold)