Shadow Catchers at the V&A

Garry Fabian Miller

Sometimes, I think it’s easy to forget that you don’t need a camera to create a photograph. Oh sure, cameras make it easier, and in some respects safer, but it definitely isn’t all about the megapixels. If you need convincing of this, you should take a trip to the Shadow Catchers exhibition at the V&A, which opens today.

A selection of 75 different images, including photograms, luminograms, and chemigrams, produced by five different photographers—Pierre Cordier, Susan Derges, Garry Fabian Miller, Adam Fuss, and Floris Neusüss—will be available for your delectation.

'Homage to Talbot: The Latticed Window, Lacock Abbey, 2010', by Floris Neususs

Every one of the images is completely original: there’re no negatives. I’ve only had a quick peek, but I reckon this one might be worth the entry fee.

Shadow Catchers runs from from 13 October 2010 until 20 February 2011, at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL.