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The V&A has a number of courses and workshops taking place during August, September and October which include practical photographic process workshops and a history of photography evening course. Details are below. 

Salt Print Photography

Practical Workshop

Sat 19 August

10.30 – 17.00

Explore one of the earliest historical photographic processes and discover how to use digital negatives to create salt print photographs. Be inspired by the Museum and learn how to coat, expose and fix your own salt print with artist Molly Behagg.


History of Photography

Evening Course

Tuesdays 3 October - 14 November

18.30 – 20.30

In 1852, the V&A became one of the first museums to acquire photographs for its collections, holding its inaugural photography exhibition in 1858. Today, the collection is one of the most important in the world with approximately 800,000 images dating from the 1820s to the present day. This course will present an overview of the history of the medium of photography, encompassing works by a broad array of historic and contemporary practitioners.


Photographic Processes

Practical Workshop

Mondays, 6 - 27 November

10.30 – 13.00
Join photographer Almudena Romero for a practical exploration of photographic processes, from 19th century printing techniques to the latest 3D scanning technologies. You will learn a variety of processes, including those based on natural materials as well as digital processes.


Portrait Photography

Practical Workshop

Fri 1 & Sat 2 December

10.30 – 17.00

Improve your photographic skills with photographer Nigel Wilson and explore a range of approaches to portraiture. Draw inspiration from the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) collection and discover how the use of various camera techniques and lenses will bring the most out of your portraiture.


The Female Gaze: photographic practices

Practical Workshop

Tuesdays, 31 October - 19 December

10.30 – 13.00

This extensive hands on photography course, led by Grace Gelder, will explore women's contribution to photography, from Julia Margaret Cameron to Deborah Turbeville. With access to original prints in the V&A's collection you will explore a range of approaches to creatively develop ideas.

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