Phase One of the V&A’s new Photography Centre opened to the public on October 12, proudly supported by the AFV&A. The expanded space allows for the display of the V&A’s large photography collection, including the recently acquired prestigious Royal Photographic Society (RPS) collection.

Phase Two (opening in 2022) will establish a photography library and study, two flexible learning and event spaces, and a photographer’s studio and dark room.

The Photography Centre is revolutionizing the way that the medium is displayed at the V&A, re-establishing photography as one of the Museum’s defining collections. The renovated galleries also facilitate exciting new activities, learning events and broader opportunities for visitors and resident practitioners to engage with photography.

Collecting Photography: From Daguerreotype to Digital is the first major display in the space, exploring photography as a way of ‘collecting the world’, from the medium’s invention in the 19th century to the present day.

The V&A Photography Centre can be found on Level 3, The Modern Media Gallery – Room 99, The Bern and Ronny Schwartz Gallery – Room 100, and Rooms 101 & 108.


Free admission.

Saturday-Thursday: 10.00-17.45

Friday: 10.00-22.00


Image: The Bern and Ronny Schwartz Gallery, Room 100, Photography Centre. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London