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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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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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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.
Iraq

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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