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

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

'Rita Hayworth', Philippe Halsman. © Halsman Archive/ Magnum

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

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

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

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

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

'Lily Cole with Giant Camera', Tim Walker, 2004. Museum no. E.1140-2008. © Tim Walker

'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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