London calling: V&A Photography Centre opens up its picture treasure trove

Where can you see Paul McCartney in his dressing gown, the contents of an ostrich’s stomach and the world’s first-ever photograph? Head to London, step inside the Victoria and Albert Museum’s brand new Photography Centre, and allow yourself to be transfixed by the earliest photographic experiments and cameras – as well as images from the world’s most influential modern photographers.

The vast collection of works on show in their iconic South Kensington building span the medium’s history – from Daguerrotype to digital. You enter the space through an impressive installation of over 150 different cameras. At the entrance is the huge plate camera – complete with tripod, of course – that once belonged to the founding father of British Photography, Henry Fox Talbot. 

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Lauren Scott
Freelance contributor/former Managing Editor

Lauren is a writer, reviewer, and photographer with ten years of experience in the camera industry. She's the former Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, and previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer magazine, Technique editor for PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, and Deputy Editor of our sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine. An experienced journalist and freelance photographer, Lauren also has bylines at Tech Radar,, Canon Europe, PCGamesN, T3, Stuff, and British Airways' in-flight magazine (among others). When she's not testing gear for DCW, she's probably in the kitchen testing yet another new curry recipe or walking in the Cotswolds with her Flat-coated Retriever.