Past Display Ran from 23 July 2016 to 5 March 2017

The Camera Exposed

Every photograph in this display featured at least one camera. From formal portraits to casual snapshots, still-lifes to collages, they appear as reflections or shadows, and sometimes as objects in their own right.

In the age of the mobile phone, the camera as a stand-alone device is disappearing from sight. This display focused on the instrument itself with 120 photographs spanning the 19th century to the present day.

Display Highlights

2006ag1671 atget 2560
'Shopfront, Quai Bourbon, Paris, France', Eugène Atget, about 1900. Museum no. PH.2208-1903. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

2016je6597 rita hayworth 2560
'Rita Hayworth', Philippe Halsman. © Halsman Archive/ Magnum

E.2440 2016 twinka 2560
'Imogen and Twinka at Yosemite', Judy Dater. Museum no. E.2440-2016. © Judy Dater

2013gp5679   john french
'John French and Daphne Abrams in a tailored suit', John French, 1957. Museum no. E.227-2011. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

2010ej1886   suzy parker 2560
'Suzy Parker, dress by Nina Ricci, Champs-Elysée, Paris', Richard Avedon, 1962. Museum no. E.1255-1993. © Richard Avedon Foundation

2016jc0740   weegee 2560
'Weegee the Famous', Richard Sadler, 1963. Museum no. E.2879-1995. © Richard Sadler

2016hy3432   vernacular photograph 2560
Vernacular photograph, unknown, 1905-1950. Museum no. LOAN:AMERICANFRIENDS.710:25-2015. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

2016jc0746 tim walker 2560
'Lily Cole with Giant Camera', Tim Walker, 2004. Museum no. E.1140-2008. © Tim Walker

2006af4332 lady hawarden 2560
'Clementina Maude, 5 Princes Gardens; Photographic Study', Lady Hawarden, about 1862-1863. Museum no. 296-1947. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London