The V&A picture library can provide images from one of the most extensive design archives in the country, as well as images from the museum’s collection of exhibits spanning the fine and decorative arts.
Over 200 archive groups from the National Archive of Art and Design can be browsed for images via the picture library. Included among these are one-offs such as Sir Eduardo Paolozzi’s infamous Krazy Kat Arkive of Twentieth Century Popular Culture, which consists of a wide variety of books, comics, magazines and 3D objects.
The library holds some 500 000 images in total, including 80 000 colour transparencies supplied in 5×4 inch or 70mm formats. Images can be viewed in-house by appointment, though its computerised photo catalogue will also be accessible on-line within the next six months. Alternatively, the library provides selections of specific images or arrange for new photography of unphotographed exhibits for commercial use.
Contact: Nick Wise, manager 020 7942 2487 www.vam.ac.uk