V&A appoints first photography director

The Victoria & Albert Museum, self-designated the National Museum of the Art of Photography, has appointed its first director of photography.

Duncan Forbes, currently at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles extending its photography archive, will spearhead the next phase of the V&A’s Photography Centre, opening in 2022.

Previously director of Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland, and senior curator of photography at the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, Forbes has researched, exhibited and published prolifically on the medium.

“Photography is one of our most powerful forms of global communication, and a medium that we have been collecting and interpreting since our founding in 1852” said the V&A’s director, Tristram Hunt. “We now care for one of the most important international photography collections in the world, and we’re on a mission to share it with audiences across the globe.

“With Duncan at the helm we’ll drive forward our support of emerging and established practitioners and develop our contemporary collecting programme through the generosity of the V&A Photographs Acquisitions Group. Through the expansion of the V&A Photography Centre, ground-breaking UK and touring exhibitions, artist collaborations, pioneering research and international partnerships, we’ll open up photography to new perspectives and possibilities like never before.”


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