Room 38a: Photography

Photography gallery, room 38a

This room contains displays drawn from the national collection of the art of photography at the V&A. The Museum's photography collection is one of the largest and most important in the world. It is international in scope and ranges from the beginnings of photography to the present. The main part of the room shows highlights from the history of photography. The section at the far end is devoted to a programme of temporary displays. There are computers available with a programme showing a selection of images drawn from the V&A collection. Information about the photography collection and photographic processes and techniques can be found in books attached to the benches.

Room 38a is on Level 1 of the V&A South Kensington

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William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain

22 March – 13 July 2014. Experience the world of William Kent, the most prominent architect and designer in early Georgian Britain and explore how his versatility and artistic inventiveness set the style for his age when Britain defined itself as a new nation and developed an Italian-inspired style.

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Shadow Catchers: Camera-less Photography (2nd Edition)

Shadow Catchers: Camera-less Photography (2nd Edition)

The very first photographs of the nineteenth century were produced without the use of a camera. Today, having rediscovered camera-less techniques, a n…

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Event - Selling Dreams: One Hundred Years of Fashion Photography

Fri 28 March 2014–Sun 04 May 2014

DISPLAY: The fashion photographer Irving Penn once described his work at Vogue as ‘selling dreams, not clothes’.

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