Display On now until Sunday, 5 March 2017

The Camera Exposed

Every photograph in this display features 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.

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

  • On now until Sunday, 5 March 2017
  • Daily: 10.00 – 17.30 Friday: 10.00 – 21.30
  • Room 38a
  • Free

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

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