I have spent many hours in the V&A print room looking at various prints created using alternative photographic processes. I think its so important to view orginal prints in the flesh without any glass in front of them. Favorites of the V&A collection include Irving Penn's platinum prints and the sets of photogravure prints of Edward Steichen's early work and Paul Strand prints. I was pleased to hear the annoncement that the new Photographs gallery will be open to the public from 24 October. The gallery will have an inaugural display of works by key figures of photographic history including Victorian portraits by Julia Margaret Cameron and significant works by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Man Ray, Afred Stieglitz, Diane Arbus and Irving Penn.
From the V&A website :
'The Photographs Gallery will draw upon the V&A’s internationally renowned collection of photographs, and will chronicle the history of photography from 1839 up to the 1960s. In 1858, the V&A became the first museum to exhibit photographs, and the new Photographs Gallery is able to showcase some of the most technically brilliant and artistically accomplished photographs in its collection. Temporary displays, primarily showcasing contemporary photography, will be shown in the V&A’s existing photographs gallery.'