Issue #55  4/3/2003
V&A Downsizes Photography Gallery

The British Journal of Photography has reported that the Victoria and Albert Museum will downsize and move its photography gallery after the end of Canon's five-year sponsorship program.

The Canon Photography Gallery will be replaced by a smaller space within the museum, which will house a permanent display on the history of photography. The department will stage one major photography exhibition each year.

The first exhibition will be sponsored by Canon and is a retrospective of the work of French fashion photographer Guy Bourdin. Retrospectives of the work of Bill Brandt and Diane Arbus will follow in 2004 and 2005.

The Canon galley has been phenomenally successful since its opening and transformed the profile of photography within the museum and to a wider public.