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Looking ahead: V&A Museum and photography 2018-2019

The V&A Museum has released details of forthcoming exhibitions which include a number of photography shows, although many of the other highlights will include photography. 

V&A Photography Centre / Opening 12 October 2018
The world’s first photographic experiments, pictures by 20th century greats Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen, recent
acquisitions by Linda McCartney, and newly commissioned works by Thomas Ruff are displayed as phase one of the V&A’s new Photography Centre opens this October. Designed by David Kohn Architects, the first phase of the Centre more than doubles the space dedicated to photography at the V&A, and includes a ‘Dark Tent’ projection space and digital wall to show the world’s most cutting-edge photography. Drawn from the V&A’s world-class collections, not least the Royal Photographic Society Collection, the first temporary displays bring together 600 objects from across Europe, North America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia to trace a history of photography through the lens of collectors and collecting.

From Daguerreotype to digital, highlights on display will include the work of early colour photography pioneers, Agnes Warburg, Helen Messinger Murdoch and Nickolas Muray, and recent acquisitions by Hiroshi Sugimoto, Cornelia Parker and Mark Cohen. A pioneering botanical cyanotype by Anna Atkins, images by the world’s first female museum photographer, Isabel Agnes Cowper, and motion studies by Eadweard Muybridge, join photographs by some of the world’s most influential modern and contemporary photographers, including Eugène Atget, Man Ray, Walker Evans, Cindy Sherman and Martin Parr.

Dorothy Bohm / 3 November 2018 – 17 March 2019. Museum of Childhood
This intimate and joyful display of works by eminent photographer Dorothy Bohm explores the universality of childhood. Bohm escaped Nazi Germany for Britain in 1939 with a Leica camera, a parting gift from her father. She went on to help establish the Photographers’ Gallery in 1971, has written several books and has exhibited her work internationally. On display will be highlights from Bohm’s vast collection of photographs of children, taken over the last 75 years from around the world. Despite her photography  covering so many decades, different cultures and countries, our shared experiences of childhood shine through in Bohm’s unique and exceptional photographs.

Tim Walker HonFRPS / 7 September 2019 – 8 March 2020 / Tickets on sale Spring 2019
This exhibition is an immersive journey into the fantastical worlds created by photographer Tim Walker. The V&A has been a continuous source of inspiration for Walker over the past 25 years and at the heart of the exhibition will be a brand new series of photographs directly influenced by his research into the V&A’s enormous and eclectic collection. The show pays tribute to Walker's distinctive contribution to image-making,

while also exploring the work of his creative collaborators. It will shine a light on the important roles played by set designers, stylists, make-up artists, models and muses, who all help bring Walker's unique ideas to life. Designed by leading British art director Shona Heath, the exhibition encompasses photographs, films, photographic sets and special installations across the museum, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of one of the world's most inventive photographers.

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