Insight is our dedicated collections and research facility, and anyone is welcome to book a visit to study prints by some of the world’s greatest photographers or examine apparatus from the National Collections in our care. We get requests from students, academics, museum professionals and members of the public.
In July, one of our visitors was Thomas Galifot, a curator at the Musée d’Orsay. He is researching and preparing an exhibition, scheduled to open in Paris in Autumn 2014, focusing on women photographers from 1839–1945.
Thomas was keen to see work from this period with a view to borrowing items from the National Photography Collection for the show. He viewed work by famous names, such as Julia Margaret Cameron, Anna Atkins and Gertrude Käsebier, but also some lesser known photographers such as the Nevill sisters, an aristocratic trio who showed their work at the 1854 exhibition of the Photographic Society in London.
Here’s a small selection from the hundreds of photographs Thomas viewed during his two days delving into the collection.
We don’t know yet which photographs will be shown in Paris, but I look forward to seeing the exhibition next year.