A new exhibition in London traces the development of photography, featuring more than 150 important photographs from the 19th century to the present day.

The exhibition includes works by legendary photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange, Cecil Beaton, Robert Mapplethorpe, Brassaï, Man Ray, Margaret Bourke White, Irving Penn and more.

Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936
Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936© Dorothea Lange/Beetles Huxley and Osborne Samuel
Brassa, Fille de Joie, Quarter DItalie, 1932
Brassaï, Fille de Joie, Quarter D'Italie, 1932© Brassaï/Beetles Huxley and Osborne Samuel
Horst P. Horst, Helen Bennet, Paris, 1936
Horst P Horst, Helen Bennet, Paris, 1936© Horst P Horst/Beetles Huxley and Osborne Samuel
Horst P. Horst, Round the Clock I, New York, 1987
Horst P Horst, Round the Clock I, New York, 1987© Horst P Horst/Beetles Huxley and Osborne Samuel
Bert Hardy, Maidens in Waiting, 1951
Bert Hardy, Maidens in Waiting, 1951© Bert Hardy/Beetles Huxley and Osborne Samuel
Walker Evans, Crossroads Store, Post Office, Sprott, Alabama, USA, 1936
Walker Evans, Crossroads Store, Post Office, Sprott, Alabama, USA, 1936© Walker Evans/Beetles Huxley and Osborne Samuel

Previously unseen works by newly-discovered American street photographer Vivian Maier will be showcased for the first time.

During her work as a nanny, Maier took more than 150,000 photographs of the people and architecture of New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Vivian Maier, New York, 10 April, 1955
Vivian Maier, New York, 10 April, 1955© Vivian Maier/Beetles Huxley and Osborne Samuel
Vivian Maier, Untitled, 1954
Vivian Maier, Untitled, 1954© Vivian Maier/Beetles Huxley and Osborne Samuel

Also presented is a group of exploration photographs, including the work of travel photography pioneer Herbert Ponting, who produced some of the most enduring images of the age of Antarctic exploration, and Frank Hurley's photographs of the Shackleton expedition.

Featured alongside these are original, rare Nasa photographs from space missions.

Frank Hurley, Royal Penguins on Nuggets Beach, Macquaire Island, 1911
Frank Hurley, Royal Penguins on Nugget's Beach, Macquaire Island, 1911© Frank Hurley/Beetles Huxley and Osborne Samuel
NASA, ITEK Panoramic Camera, Apollo 15 Mission, circa 1971
Nasa, ITEK Panoramic Camera, Apollo 15 Mission, circa 1971© Nasa/Beetles Huxley and Osborne Samuel

The exhibition is a rare opportunity to see old masters of the medium and contemporary exponents featured side by side.

Contemporary photographers on show include Edward Burtynsky, Michael Wolf, Steve McCurry and Nadav Kander.

Steve McCurry, Ship Breaking Yard, Karachi, 1985
Steve McCurry, Ship Breaking Yard, Karachi, 1985© Steve McCurry/Beetles Huxley and Osborne Samuel
Michael Wolf, Architecture of Density 108
Michael Wolf, Architecture of Density #108, 2009© Michael Wolf/Beetles Huxley and Osborne Samuel
Justine Blau, The Circumference of the Cumanan Cactus, 2010
Justine Blau, The Circumference of the Cumanan Cactus, 2010© Justine Blau/Beetles Huxley and Osborne Samuel
Holly Andres, The Glowing Drawer, from the series Sparrow Line, 2008
Holly Andres, The Glowing Drawer, from the series 'Sparrow Line', 2008© Holly Andres/Beetles Huxley and Osborne Samuel

The show is so large and expansive in its scope that it demands two galleries to do it justice. The Photographers 2014 will be shown at Beetles+Huxley and Osborne Samuel from 20 November to 23 December 2014.