Susanna Brown

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  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

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About me

 

Susanna Brown is Curator of Photographs at the V&A, where she has worked since 2008. The V&A is the world's greatest museum of art and design and home to the UK's National Collection of the Art of Photography - around 500,000 photographs in total, spanning the whole history of the medium. Her recent exhibitions include 'Horst: Photographer of Style' (V&A, 2014 and international tour), 'Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton' (V&A, 2012 and international tour) and 'Selling Dreams: One Hundred Years of Fashion Photography' (V&A, 2014 and international tour). She has also curated displays on the history of photography and photojournalism for the V&A’s permanent photographs galleries. Before joining the V&A, Susanna worked in the Photographs Collection at the National Portrait Gallery, London, where she contributed to exhibitions including 'Vanity Fair Portraits' and 'The Beatles on the Balcony'. She studied at Wimbledon School of Art and Bristol University, and completed an MA in the History and Theory of the Art Museum at the Courtauld Institute. Her publications include editing Horst: Photographer of Style, writing Queen Elizabeth II: Portraits by Cecil Beaton, and contributions to books including Photography: The Whole Story (Thames & Hudson, 2012), The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and journals and magazines such as The British Journal of Photography. She has been an invited juror and reviewer at Hyeres Festival International de Mode et de Photographie; the London Independent Photography Awards; Fotofest, Houston; Brighton Photo Fringe; Format International Photography Festival; and the Levallois Photography Festival, Paris.

Work history

Currently

Curator of Photographs

V&A

Jul 2008

2008

Photographs Cataloguer

National Portrait Gallery

Aug 2004 - Jan 2008