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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Event - A History of Photography: Series and Sequences

Fri 06 February 2015–Sun 01 November 2015

DISPLAY: Photographs draws upon the V&A’s internationally renowned collection, which chronicles the history of photography from the 1840s to the present day. In 1852, the V&A became the first museum in the UK to collect photographs and in 1858, the first to hold a photography exhibition.

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