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Beneath the Surface of Europe 1600-1800 at Photo London

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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-)
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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

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  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

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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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What Does it Take to Work in a Museum?

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Training week for Second Year Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) students [Note: The V&A and a number of other cultural organisations co-supervise several cohorts of CDP students. CDP students are a category of AHRC-funded PhD students, who work closely with both a university and a cultural organisation and are supervised by both.] For four days in […]

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A portrait of the V&A from the modern-day Museum Photographers

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By guest blogger Kate Elliott During the Creative Photography Course at the V&A, designed and led by Kate Elliott a group of six students have spent six weeks working as Museum Photographers, to create a modern-day ‘portrait’ of the V&A. Through class discussions, practical tasks and exhibition visits, the group have explored a combination of architectural, portrait, […]

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Design the World – big ambitions for Sunday afternoons

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Working every day in a storehouse of treasures never tires and neither does thinking of ways to use them in our workshops. Design the World is a project with an ambitious title but it also hints at the potential of the Museum’s collections and connects objects inside the building with the world outside the building. […]

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