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Making V&A Dundee: A photographic study

We're celebrating everyone involved in making V&A Dundee a living, breathing museum. Graeme Hutton explores why he enjoys photographing the museum in different ways.

Photographing V&A Dundee is a joy. The way light and people interact with the building constantly changes, such that no two visits are the same.

I always try to see it differently and enjoy the challenge of continuing to make new images from a now familiar subject.

Two people sat at a table inside V&A Dundee, in silhouette against a window. Black and white.
External shot of V&A Dundee in the mist. A runner runs past. Black and white.
V&A Dundee on a misty day, looking at the archway through which you can people walking beyond. The building is reflected in its pools making it look like an illusion. Black and white.
People gathering in the foyer of V&A Dundee, reflected back in its glass doors. Black and white.
The RRS Discovery in front of V&A Dundee. It's a bit misty sand atmospheric. Black and white.
V&A Dundee reflected in its own pools, almost creating an optical illusion of perspective. Some people walk around the building. Black and white.
V&A Dundee and its neighbour RRS Discovery in the mist. Both are reflected in V&A Dundee's pools. Black and white.
  • Photo by Graeme Hutton

  • Photo by Graeme Hutton

  • Photo by Graeme Hutton

  • Photo by Graeme Hutton

  • Photo by Graeme Hutton

  • Photo by Graeme Hutton

  • Photo by Graeme Hutton

Kengo Kuma is less interested in buildings as ‘objects’. His work is more concerned with people and the specific qualities of a particular place.

V&A Dundee is therefore conceived as part-building, part-landscape, between the city and the river. The uniqueness of this setting and how it is experienced is what I try to communicate in my photographs.

A photo taken in V&A Dundee of a reflection in a glass balustrade, showing the upper hall's large windows and people milling about. Through the glass, you can make out the lower hall and the lift shaft. Black and white.
A photo of a woman standing against a grey wall with a lightbox above her head. The text on the box reads "Videogames are a girl thing". Black and white.
A photo of V&A Dundee's cafe with people sitting at tables with the high ceiling and striated architecture filling the backdrop. Black and white.
  • Photo by Graeme Hutton

  • Photo by Graeme Hutton

  • Photo by Graeme Hutton

Graeme Hutton is Professor of Architecture at The University of Dundee. He was a judge in the architectural competition and worked with the Building Group to help deliver the museum.

To celebrate our nomination for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019, we want to thank everyone involved in making V&A Dundee possible. From the initial idea, to the first visitor, to how we're working to make the museum the very best it can be.