V&A Photography Centre review — the good, the bad and the total drag


The V&A’s newly revamped and expanded photography section is a mix of the good, the bad and the total drag. More than good, the first room is a masterclass. It tells the story, immaculately presented, of photography: from the first flash of inspiration in the 1840s to the present day. First, a display of bulbs and their foils, lined up largest to smallest like un-nested Russian dolls, as sparkling as anything in the nearby jewellery galleries. We are led confidently through the greats and their innovations from Henry Fox Talbot to Eadweard Muybridge.

We meet not the usual Muybridge horses, but a Victorian lady in only her petticoat dancing a jig. A series of stereographs — two images taken from slightly different angles and