The Victoria and Albert Museum is to open one of the most comprehensive photography centres in the world, which will house a collection of prints acquired from the National Media Museum in Bradford last year. The V&A will expand its current photography space in the north-east wing of its South Kensington museum, opening into a further seven galleries. The first phase of the project will open in autumn 2018. The expansion was prompted by their procurement of the world famous Royal Photographic Society collection, which is made up of over 400,000 prints and historic equipment, which had been housed in the National Media Museum since 2003. The decision to move the collection from Bradford to London in February last year was described as an act of “cultural rape on the city” by local politicians and a signifier of “metropolitan cultural fascism”. It prompted an open letter, signed by figures such as David Hockney and Mike Leigh, that protested against the relocation. Martin Barnes, senior curator of photographs at the V&A, said the focus of the photography centre would be on opening up accessibility both of the V&A’s collection, which first began in 1852, and the 270,000 photographs of the RPS… Read full this story
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