Installation images of the V&A's Photographs Gallery © Peter Kelleher, V&A Images

Talk – From Photographs to Photography: Representing the Medium at the V&A

18 April 2017

University of Sussex
6pm, 2 May 2017
with Martin Barnes, Senior Curator of Photography V&A

Arts A2 at the University of Sussex, Falmer BN1 9RH

Free event, all welcome, no booking required

An opportunity to hear Martin Barnes discuss the V&A’s future plans for photography, following the relocation of the Royal Photographic Society collection of prints books and equipment from the National Media Museum in Bradford.

The V&A has announced a new state of the art centre for photography to open in Autumn 2018 with plans for further expansion. The new centre will more than double the V&A’s current exhibition space and will be accompanied by a museum-wide photography festival and a new digital resource.

This talk is a  collaboration between University of Sussex Art History, The Centre for Photography and Visual Culture and Photoworks.

About Martin Barnes

Martin Barnes is Senior Curator of Photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) London which he joined in 1995 from his previous position at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. Since 1997 he has worked on the Photographs Gallery at the V&A drawing exhibitions from the museum’s collection. He has curated numerous UK and international touring shows, including: Aspects of Architecture, Where Are We?; Questions of Landscape and Something That I’ll Never Really See: Contemporary Photography from the V&A. He curated the V&A exhibitions including: Diane Arbus Revelations (2005-6); Twilight: Photography in the Magic Hour (2006); Shadow Catchers: Camera-less Photography (2010) and co-curated Figures and Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography (2011) and Paul Strand: Photography and Film for the 20th Century (2016)His publications include Benjamin Brecknell Turner: Rural England through a Victorian Lens, (V&A Publications, 2001); Illumine: Photographs by Garry Fabian Miller – A Retrospective (Merrell, 2005); Twilight: Photography in the Magic Hour (V&A / Merrell, 2006), Shadow Catchers: Camera-less Photography (V&A / Merrell, 2010) and Horst: Patterns from Nature (V&A / Merrell, 2014).

He was presented with the Royal Photographic Society J Dudley Johnston Award in 2013 in recognition of ‘major achievements in the field of photographic criticism and the history of photography, awarded for sustained excellence over a period of time.

Martin was editor of Talking Photography, a catalogue of the audio and visual collections of the British Library National Sound Archive, where he is an interviewer for the Oral History of British Photography project. He has written articles and essays on various contemporary photographers for publications and journals including Photoworks and Aperture, entries for The Folio Society Book of the 100 Greatest Photographs (2006) and the Encyclopaedia of Nineteenth Century Photography (2007) and contributed to international exhibition catalogues on the role of photography in the Pre-Raphaelite and Arts and Crafts Movements.

Find out more

Discover the eight photos Martin would take with him to a desert island in this recording of Photoworks Presents: Desert Island Pics with Martin Barnes

Find out what Martin thinks makes a great photograph in this Photoworks Ideas Series article: “Great Photographs are like Visual Poetry”