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Talk: Vision and Accident, collecting and curating photography at the V&A

Martin Barnes, Senior Curator of Photographs at the Victoria & Albert Museum, will be at the Blau Gallery, London, on 22 November to talk about the history of how the museum’s collection was formed and how that set the pattern for current collecting. He will discuss the ‘collecting plan’ and recent collecting initiatives, as well as what catches his eye personally, what he sees too much of and avoids, and what he is looking for in excellent photography that is right for a museum.

Advance questions for Martin to address on the night of the talk are encouraged, and can be sent to

This talk runs from 6:30 pm at 51 Hoxton Square, London N1 6PB.

Our talks are open to everyone. We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment, as numbers are limited. Tickets cost £6..Click here to book. 

Image: Photographic Society exhibition at the South Kensington Museum, 1858. 

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