New Photography Center at the V&A

One of the most important photographic collections in the world is about to get twice as big. On April 5, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, unveiled its plans for a Photography Center to open in Autumn 2018. This new space will group together the 400’000 pieces gathered by the V&A since 1852 and the 300’000 ones from the Royal Photographic Society, in an expansion designed by David Kohn Architects.
The V&A’s Photography Center opening will boost activities : parallel to the center inauguration should take place a new photography festival, a course developed with the Royal College of Arts as well as the digitisation of the RPS additions. There are also plans to increase the exhibitions space and develop a research center. The implementation of a studio and dark room will also support a residency program.
The RPS additions brings to the V&A some 270’000 photographs, from Alfred Stieglitz and William Henry Fox Talbot to Anselm Adams and Martin Parr. 6’000 pieces of photographic equipment will also make their way to the V&A, as well as 26’000 books and journals relating to photography.

Martin Barnes, senior curator of Photographs for the V&A wishes this state-of-the-art Photography Center to be “one of the few places in the world where a chronological history of the medium illustrated with original photographs, equipment and archive material can always be seen. We want to reach beyond restrictive definitions of photography to embrace the broader cultures of the medium. (…). We have exciting plans for the combined collections that celebrate the fine art of photography alongside its technology and look forward to working closely with the RPS on this.”

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Image credit : V&A, London