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Mini Post No. 6 – How safe are your photographs?

So I have been researching about Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) over the past while and I came across this lovely example in the lab of the major danger associated with PVC. Many of us have our family photos kept in ‘plastic’ photo albums – most of these are going to be made from PVC. The biggest […]

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Curators and technicians discussing the structure of the fountain © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

‘In the middle of the Table was [a] Fountain … ‘

Over the past three days, visitors to the Museum have had the opportunity to have a sneak preview of one of Museum’s great hidden treasures which will be going into the new Europe Galleries. Technicians, conservators and ceramics curators have been working in the Raphael Court, assembling the many parts of our impressive Meissen ceramic table […]

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Prix Pictet: Digital Kids

As part of the V&A hosting this year’s Prix Pictet exhibition, we are inviting families to come and create their own work inspired by artists in the show. The Prix Pictet is a photography prize which shows series of works that investigate issues around sustainability. Each year has a specific theme, with this year’s being […]

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Michael Schmidt (1945-2014)

It was with immense sadness that we learned of the death of the great Berlin art photographer Michael Schmidt on Saturday 24 May. Three days previously he was awarded the Prix Pictet for Lebensmittel, his monumental exploration of the food industry. The award was presented in his absence by Kofi Annan at the Victoria and […]

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Michael Schmidt Wins 5th Prix Pictet

Michael Schmidt has been announced as winner of the fifth Prix Pictet photography prize, selected from a shortlist of eleven. Schmidt was chosen for his monumental work Lebensmittel (food stuff), made between 2006 and 2010. The series combines social documentary and urban topographics and explores the fascinating topic of how we feed ourselves, from the farm to […]

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Bridal Photography

I am somewhat reluctant to post this latest instalment, because the standard of photography is about to sky rocket and swiftly put my all the previous images to shame. Oh well, here goes… Photography forms an essential part of preparing for an exhibition, and we try to ensure that the objects included in every exhibition […]

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Returning to the V&A: Selling Dreams

Selling Dreams, curated by V&A Curator Susanna Brown, has completed its international tour closing at Auckland Museum, New Zealand. The exhibition is now on its way to the V&A where it will be on display from 28 March to 4 May 2014. What is Selling Dreams? The V&A is home to the UK’s National Collection […]

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On Tour: Selling Dreams

Selling Dreams, curated by V&A Curator Susanna Brown, is in its last weeks at Auckland Museum, New Zealand, the final venue on its international tour. The exhibition will be on display at the V&A, 28 March – 4 May 2014. What is Selling Dreams? The fashion photographer Irving Penn once described his work at Vogue […]

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Definitely not ‘Point-and-Click’: Photographing the Raphael Cartoons in 1858.

In one of the V&A’s stores, kept particularly cold to preserve them, are a collection of rather unusual photographic works that I have been intrigued by for some years. They are twelve collodion glass plate negatives made in 1858 by Charles Thurston Thompson (1816—1868), the V&A’s first photographer. These negatives were used to document the […]

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Prix Pictet Shortlist Announced

From 22 May – 14 June 2014, the V&A will be hosting an exhibition of works from the 2014 Prix Pictet – the global award in photography and sustainability. The shortlist of 11 artists selected for the Fifth Cycle of the Prix Pictet, on the theme of Consumption, was announced last night in Paris. Adam […]

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