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Gertrude Bell and Hatra, Iraq

1651-1912

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Photograph depicting a detail of a lintel in room 10 of the summer palace at Hatra, Iraq.
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Here at the V&A we have recently found a small number of photographs taken by the writer, archaeologist, and political administrator Gertrude Bell. These came to light when the recent destruction of Iraqi cultural sites prompted us to look through our collection to discover if we had any images of the places which have been damaged or destroyed. These photographs show […]

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Views of Norway

V&A: 685-1918 (detail)Photograph of a view of Gejrangerfjord, Søndmør (Norway), taken by  Axel Lindahl

Around a year ago I received some visitors from the Norsk Folkemuseum near Oslo. Ahead of their visit I searched through our photographs collection to see what images we had which related to Norway, ready to show our guests. I was pleased to find we had some very beautiful 19th century photographs of Norwegian landscapes and […]

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The Curious Case of the Ox and its Brain

60-1882

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Head of an ox; Marble statue of the head of an ox on a tree trunk, (North Italy) probably Padua, about 1650-1700
Padua
2nd half 17th century
Marble and wood.
In a report dated 6 February 2015, analysis of the wood identified it as an alpine pine, probably Pinus cembra.

Today’s post is simply to express my glee at seeing new photographs of what will be one the galleries’ more unusual inhabitants. This late 17th-century sculpture depicts the head of an ox, in white marble, resting on a section of a tree trunk that was carved from a number of pieces of wood. The skull […]

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Beneath the Surface of Europe 1600-1800 at Photo London

E.10-2015

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Visitor Figures, out-takes from the V&A Annual Report, 2013/14; Photograph by Nigel Shafran from the series 'Visitor Figures, out-takes from the V&A Annual Report, 2013/14'
Nigel Shafran (1964-)
Victoria and Albert Museum
2013

Taking advantage of the Bank Holiday, the other day I went to take a leisurely look around Photo London, the international photography fair taking place at Somerset House. Whilst wandering among wondrous examples of photography, stretching back to the earliest days of its development (pardon the pun) and experimentation, I found myself suddenly confronted by Europe 1600-1800. […]

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Sigune Hamann: Creativeworks Entrepeneur in Residence

Harajuku Print © Sigune Hamann

  This is a guest post from Sigune Hamann who is currently researching at the V&A supported by the Creativeworks London Entrepeneur in Residence scheme.     The artist Sigune Hamann, Reader in Art and Media Practice (UAL), is looking at the ways that panoramic images can be displayed and experienced. At the V&A she is taking […]

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A Room with a View

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Back in February, after months (really years) of preparation, the V&A formally announced The Fabric of India to the press. Rosemary and Divia spoke with a number of journalists about all the spectacular objects that will be in the show – from Tipu Sultan’s 18th century tent to Manish Arora’s latest designs.  But one piece in particular got maybe […]

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Upcoming Event – Zanele Muholi: In Conversation

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UPDATE 21ST MAY: Unfortunately this event has been cancelled We’re very excited to be able announce an up-coming talk with the South African Photographer and visual activist Zanele Muholi. On Friday 22nd May, 7:30-8:30pm, Zanele will be speaking about her photography work and campaigning to combat discrimination and violence against LGBTQ communities. NB: This is a free event […]

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Lighting up the Studio

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Last week a colleague mysteriously encouraged me to pop my head into the Photo Studio, for a ‘nice surprise’. Not knowing quite what to expect, I arrived to find Metalwork Curator Kirstin and Senior Metals Conservator Donna in the final stages of assembling the rather stunning chandelier which will be part of our Louis XIV display. To enable […]

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Samsung Digital Classroom with Oliver Lang

© Oliver Lang

Photography has never been so popular and the opportunities for people to share their work has never been greater. Powerful new mobile devices encapsulate the old photographers’ axiom of, “The best camera to use is the one you have with you”. A quick look through Instagram will show you how photographers are using the freedom […]

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Beautifully Unphotogenic

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“Well, that just looks awful…” You would think a beautiful textile would be easy to photograph beautifully. After all, the thing is gorgeous! Luminous! Glorious! How could it be possible for it not to look as spectacular as it is? You would be surprised. Rounding the bend of the new year, and looking down the […]

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