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Pierre-Louis Pierson, Portrait of the Countess de Castiglione, 1860s (printed circa 1940), gelatin silver print. V&A CollectionThe latest V&A Photographs Section newsletter from Curator Ashley Givens includes details of new acquisitions, research, publication and exhibitions that the curatorial staff have been working on.

The annual re-display which opens on Friday, 14 May will present some of the new works and will focus on showcasing photographs from the Collection dating from the 1970s to today. The exhibition will be accompanied by a display titled The Other Britain Revisited: The New Society Collection of Photographs, 1972 to 1982. New Society, a publication of the 1960s and 1970s, aimed to further research in the burgeoning fields of sociology and social work. The display will include photographs by leading names in recent British photography, including Martin Parr, Daniel Meadows, Euan Duff and Brian Griffin. It will also feature issues of

New Society magazine alongside the prints to provide a sense of the photographs’ original context.

The V&A Photographs department, in collaboration with the Black Cultural Archives (BCA) has been awarded funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund to collect photographs related to the black British experience. The aim is both to collect the work of earlier documentary photographers active in the 1950s to 1980s not currently represented in the Collection, and to build upon the existing holdings of work by more recent practitioners. This funding will also facilitate an oral history archive and an exhibition to be held at BCA.

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