Our new Photography Centre is now open



October 11, 2018

The V&A’s new Photography Centre has opened with the major display Collecting Photography: From Daguerreotype to Digital, which explores photography as a way of ‘collecting the world’, from the medium’s invention in the 19th century to the present day.

Entrance to the Photography Centre, Room 108. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Drawn from our collection of over 800,000 photographs, acquired since 1852, the display in Room 101 and The Bern and Ronny Schwartz Gallery features images by early colour photography pioneers, Agnes Warburg, Helen Messinger Murdoch and Nickolas Muray, and recent acquisitions by Hiroshi Sugimoto, Cornelia Parker, Linda McCartney, Marco Breuer, Pierre Cordier and Mark Cohen. A ground-breaking botanical cyanotype by Anna Atkins, images by the world’s first female museum photographer, Isabel Agnes Cowper, and motion studies by Eadweard Muybridge, join photographs by some of the world’s most influential modern and contemporary photographers, including Eugène Atget, Man Ray, Bill Brandt, Walker Evans, Edward Steichen, Cindy Sherman and Martin Parr. It also shows seminal prints by pioneers William Henry Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron and Roger Fenton, alongside negatives, camera equipment, photographic publications and original documents to tell a broader story about the history of international photography.

The Bern and Ronny Schwartz Gallery, Room 100, Photography Centre. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Room 99, The Modern Media Gallery, features a frequently changing selection of new acquisitions, a ‘Light Wall’ for displaying screen-based photography, and a ‘Dark Tent’ – a flexible multimedia projection and lecture space.

Photography Centre, Room 101. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

To mark the opening, we commissioned two internationally-renowned artists to produce major new works. German photographer Thomas Ruff, known for taking a critical and conceptual approach to photography, has created a monumental series inspired by Linnaeus Tripe’s 1850s paper negatives of India and Burma, held in our collection.

Photography Centre, Room 101. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Alongside this series, American artist Penelope Umbrico has created 171 Clouds from the V&A Online Collection, 1630 – 1885, 2018, the first work to feature on the ‘Light Wall’. For this video, she sifted through the V&A paintings collection online and extracted details of clouds. The work explores the transition from fleeting clouds to material paint, and then from digital code to physical screen.

The V&A Photography Centre can be found on Level 3, The Modern Media Gallery – Room 99, The Bern and Ronny Schwartz Gallery – Room 100, and Rooms 101 & 108.

The opening of the Photography Centre kick-starts a month-long Photography Spotlight across the museum. Highlights include talks by leading photographers Mary McCartney, Rankin and Chris Levine; the premiere of the collaborative performance piece Last Evenings by artist Garry Fabian Miller and musician and composer Oliver Coates; a screening of Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s Love Cecil; and special performances, events, courses, workshops and a photography-themed Friday Late on 26 October.

Phase Two (opening in 2022) will establish a photography library and study, two flexible learning and event spaces, and a photographer’s studio and dark room.

The Photography Centre is supported by The Bern Schwartz Family Foundation, Modern Media, Shao Zhong Art Foundation and many other generous donors.

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Is there a charge to going to the centre or the talks/exhibitions?

Also is it a permanent set up?

Thanks

Hi Ally,

Thanks for your message and sorry the slow reply.

The Photography Centre is a permanent space in the museum dedicated to photography and is free to visit. It’s display will be refreshed over time. Exhibitions and events at the museum are priced individually. You can find our more information here: https://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson

Hi. Would I be allowed to take a photo inside the exhibition with an 8×10 camera on a lightweight tripod? Total 5kg. If not, where might I get permission?

Hi

Congratulations for the new galleries….I designer the first permanent changing exhibition gallery: the V&A’s Canon Photography gallery some years ago, so pleased to see things have moved on well.
Brian Griggs. ex Head of Design V&A. 1979 -2001

Brian, thank you so much for your kind words. The Canon Photography Gallery was wonderful and was used until very recently for some ground-breaking exhibitions. It means a great deal to have your expert endorsement of the beautiful new spaces. Philippa Simpson, current Acting Director of Design and Futureplan

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