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‘Graffiti’ photographs by Brassaï

Brassaï, from Graffiti Series VI: 'Love', 1933-56.  © Estate of Brassaï - RMN

Over the last few months, I have been cataloguing a group of 99 photographs by the Hungarian photographer Brassaï. They were acquired by the V&A as part of a bequest from his widow, Mme Gilberte Boyer Brassaï, who died in 2005. Brassaï was born in 1899 as Gyula Halász in the Transylvanian town of Brassó. […]

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Street Photography in Gallery 100

Mark Cohen, 'Belly Button Cartwheel', 1975

A few weeks ago, Gallery 100 bade farewell to the Julia Margaret Cameron exhibition and reverted back to its usual role: a permanent photographs gallery, displaying works that narrate a history of photography. Since 2015, this broad brief has been tackled thematically, with the focus now on ‘the body’. The display opened on March 11th […]

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William Kineton Parkes and sculptors of the twenties

Frank Dobson (1887-1963)
Photograph of a sculpture  titled 'Susannah'

We are always keen to discover links between objects, so we were delighted recently to find that a collection of photographs we hold connect directly to archival records in the Archive of Art and Design. The link between these involves one man, the art historian, novelist, and librarian, William Kineton Parkes (1865-1938). Kineton Parkes was particularly […]

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World’s leading collection on the art of photography to be created at the V&A

A Sea of Steps, 1903, by Frederick Henry Evans (1853-1943). Image No. 10550850. Source No.: 2003-5001_2_23326. © Royal Photographic Society/National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

An historic agreement between the Science Museum Group (SMG) and the V&A is set to create the world’s foremost collection on the art of photography. More than 400,000 objects from SMG’s three-million-strong photography collection, held at the National Media Museum, will be transferred to the V&A. These photographs will join the V&A’s existing collection of 500,000 photographs to […]

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Opening Doors with Victorian Photography

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Part of the Artist in Residency role is to work with external groups at the museum. In December, to coincide with the Julia Margaret Cameron exhibition, I was given the opportunity to work with a group from Opening Doors on a wet collodion photography project.    Opening Doors is a group of older LGBT individuals […]

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French Postcards: History Revealed

E.J. Dingwall @ Eric Dingwall Archive MS912 Senate House Library, The University of London

In April 1982, a typewritten letter from E.J. Dingwall (1891?-1986) of St. Leonards-on-Sea addressed to the ‘The Keeper’ of the ‘Photographic & Postcard Dept.’ was forwarded to the Curator of Photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum.  Dingwall was following up on his 1977 correspondence with Peter Castle, Senior Researcher in the Library at the Museum, […]

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Every Donkey has his Carte de Visite.

Satirical card showing a dog delivering a carte-de-visite

In 1854, a Frenchman, André Adolphe Eugène Disdéri, patented a new form of photograph called the carte de visite. These were small images, typically about 54 mm × 89 mm, mounted on thicker cards that measured 64 by 100 mm; about the same size as visiting-cards (literally, carte de visite). Disidéri’s invention meant that multiple copies […]

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#MuseumInstaSwap

© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This week we’re joining nine London museums to celebrate each other’s collections through the photo sharing network Instagram. The idea came following an article by the Londonist in May 2015, where the magazine listed ‘The Best London Museums to follow on Instagram’, based on the number of followers. Along with the V&A the museums selected […]

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Creativeworks Entrepreneur in Residence: Sigune Hamann

© Sigune Hamann

Completing her CEIR residency funded by Creative Works London Sigune Hamann exhibited a panoramic film-strip at RAUMX. The installation reflects her research into methods of reading and displaying panoramic images in relation to East Asian scrolls as part of research at the V&A and Tokyo Wondersite.   At the V&A Hamann took photographic film-strips of visitors […]

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Alfred Percival Maudslay and the V&A

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Albumen print from a gelatin dry plate negative

These striking photographs caught my eye recently, as I don’t normally come across material relating to the Maya in the Photographs Collection. Research showed me they were taken by Alfred Percival Maudslay (1850-1931), a British colonial diplomat, explorer and archaeologist who was one of the first modern archeologists to study the Mayan civilization. He began his career working for the […]

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