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Courses: V&A - History of photography / Fashion photography

With the joining of the Royal Photographic Society Collection to its own the Victoria and Albert Museum now has one of the largest and most important photography collections in the world. Gain privileged access to the museum's collection and expertise by joining one of two upcoming photography evening courses:

  • History of Photography: Tuesday 2 October 2018-Tuesday 27 November 2018. The V&A has been acquiring photographs since the 1850's and the collection has grown to be one of the largest and most important in the world. Coinciding with the opening of our new Photography Centre, this course will present an overview of the history of the medium, taught by the team of specialists who care for this diverse collection. During sessions in the Prints & Drawings Study Room, you will have the opportunity to view up-close magnificent original works not currently on display, from rare early treasures by the inventors of photography to twentieth century masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary pictures.
  • Fashion Photography: Tuesday 7 May 2019 - Tuesday 18 June 2019. Gain an overview of the history of fashion photography, from the blossoming of the medium in the early twentieth century to the modern day. The emergence of fashion photography as a distinct genre goes hand in hand with the burgeoning illustrated magazine industry. Publications such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar employed some of the period’s most celebrated photographers in the realm of fine art. As editorial shoots or advertisements, fashion photographs throughout history have helped to shape culture and reflect the dramatic changes in women’s roles.

These courses tend to fill very quickly and early booking is recommended. See full details here:

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