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V&A’s new photo centre opens on 12 October

The V&A’s new photography centre will open on 12 October, with newly-acquired photographs by Linda McCartney, a newly-commissioned series by Thomas Ruff, and an inaugural display tracing the history of photography through the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) collection. The new facility will more than double the V&A’s current photography exhibition space, and follows the transfer of over 270,000 photographs, 26,000 publications and 6000 pieces of equipment from the RPS collection formerly held in the National Media Museum in Bradford – a controversial transfer, described at the time as “an appalling act of cultural vandalism” by Simon Cooke, the leader of the Conservative opposition on Bradford council. Tristram Hunt, director of the V&A, said that the transfer had “provided the catalyst for this dramatic reimagining of photography at the V&A” however, and that the new centre will “seamlessly span the entire history of photography….from daguerreotype to digital”. He added that the V&A is particularly well-placed to tell this story given its long engagement with photography – it was one of the first museums to put together a photographic exhibition, partly because its founder, Henry Cole, was a keen amateur photographer.


The V&A announces a new Photography Centre in London

Designed by David Kohn Architects, the new centre will open in Autumn 2018 and more than double the V&A’s current photography exhibition space. The opening will be accompanied by a museum-wide photography festival, a new digital resource, and a new history of photography course run with the Royal College of Art. The V&A plans to run events and activities in the new centre, and will continue to expand the facility. Phase Two will see the museum add more gallery space, and create a teaching and research facility, a browsing library, and a studio and darkroom which will enable photographers’ residencies. The new centre comes as the V&A transfers the Royal Photographic Society’s collection from the Science Museum Group, which was formerly held in the National Media Museum in Bradford. The transfer adds over 270,000 photographs, 26,000 publications, and 6000 pieces of equipment to the V&A’s holdings – which was already one of the largest and most important in the world, including around 500,000 works collected since the foundation of the museum in 1852. The RPS collection includes …


RPS announces winners of 2014 Awards

American photographer Steve McCurry has been awarded the centenary medal for lifetime achievement at this year’s Royal Photographic Society Awards. The announcement was made last night at a special ceremony at The Royal Society in London. The Magnum photographer was given the award “in recognition of a sustained, significant contribution to the art of photography”. Speaking at the ceremony, McCurry told of his delight at being given the award, adding: “I can’t think of a better way to spend my life than wandering this planet telling stories.” Tim Webber, the driving force behind British visual effects company Framestore’s push into digital film and television, and credited with developing the company’s virtual camera and motion rig systems, was awarded an RPS progress medal and honorary fellowship. [bjp_ad_slot] The Society’s award for outstanding service to photography went to Terence Pepper, curator of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery from 1978 until 2014, now senior special advisor on photographs at the Gallery. The award “recognises major sustained, outstanding and influential contributions to the advancement of photography and/or imaging in their widest meanings”. Honorary …


BJP Staff