The "Other" Shakespear, a photographer and army captain, exhibition opens today

Captain William Shakespeare was a beginner photographer and explorer, work in new exhibition
(Image credit: Captain William Shakespeare / The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia)

A new exhibition is to be on display at the Royal Geographical Society in London, opening on 10 May 2022, that shares the story of ‘The other Shakespear’. Captain William Shakespear is not the bard and playwright you're thinking of, but a skilled soldier, diplomat, photographer and captain.

Bringing to life some of the earliest and finest images of the early 19th Century Arabian Peninsula, this exhibition is the first time these photographs will have been on public display and showcased for over a century! 

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Beth Nicholls
Staff Writer

A staff writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has an extensive background in various elements of technology with five years of experience working as a tester and sales assistant for CeX. After completing a degree in Music Journalism, followed by obtaining a Master's degree in Photography awarded by the University of Brighton, she spends her time outside of DCW as a freelance photographer specialising in live music events and band press shots under the alias 'bethshootsbands'.