National Photography Collection

The National Photography Collection is best regarded as a collection of collections, which comprises the Daily Herald Archive, the Royal Photographic Society Collection, and the Kodak Museum Collection, among other world-class objects and images.

It incorporates both aesthetic and technical developments, from the earliest experiments to contemporary digital imaging, including the world's first negative, an extensive collection of photographic technology, and key images by the most influential photographers of our time. All major genres, applications and photographic movements are represented.

We're only able to display a small portion of our Collections on this website – if you'd like to see more, book one of our Collection Tours, find out how you can Visit the Collections, or explore photography in the Science Museum Group Collection Online.

Please note: A portion of the National Photography Collection, including the RPS archive, will be moving to the V&A Museum in 2016. Find out more.


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