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A History of Photography

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‘Pioneer, Ignalina’ or ‘The First Grader’ , 1964 Gelatin Silver Print © Courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum
A History of Photography

Cromwell Road
South Kensington
London SW7 2RL
United Kingdom
October 1st, 2012 - January 31st, 2014

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.vam.ac.uk
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
kensington
EMAIL:  
vanda@vam.ac.uk
PHONE:  
44 020 79422000
OPEN HOURS:  
10am-5:45pm daily; 10am-10pm Fridays
TAGS:  
photography
COST:  
Photography, Room 100 Free admission

DESCRIPTION

In 1852, the V&A became the first museum to collect photographs and in 1858, the first to hold a photography exhibition. The Photographs Gallery draws upon the V&A’s internationally renowned collection and chronicles the history of photography from the 1840s up to the 1970s. It showcases some of the most technically brilliant and artistically accomplished photographs in the history of the medium. This re-hang of the permanent display shows works by key figures of photographic history including a selection of Eugène Atget’s views of ‘Old Paris’ and significant works by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz, Irving Penn and Bernd and Hilla Becher.