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Peter James, Head of Photography at Birmingham Central Library has been given the 2009 Colin Ford Award by the Royal Photographic Society.

The award, instituted in 2003, bears the name of Colin Ford CBE, the first Director of the National Museum of Photography Film and Television in Bradford (now the National Media Museum). It is normally given each year to honour an individual who has contributed in a major way to curatorship. It has previously been awarded to staff members at the NMeM.

Peter has an outstanding record of exhibitions and work in photographic history and in commission contemporary photographers based around the library's collections. He is currently working on plans for the photography collections as part of the library's move to a new building.

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