How Not to Photograph a Bulldog

This book display reveals how dogs have been used to teach photography, and how dog photography has developed as a discipline in its own right.

+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • Sunday, 19 May 2024 – Thursday, 1 May 2025

  • V&A South Kensington

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL

  • Gallery 98

  • Free event

From the 1850s, owning a pet was becoming more common among the British middle classes. Animals soon appeared in front of the camera and dogs quickly became a common subject for photographers. Dog owners could practise their
amateur camera skills at home on their loyal (and convenient) companions, or memorialise them in a studio portrait. Over time, dog photography became an area of professional expertise, shared and popularised through photographic manuals.

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