Graham Brandon Theatre and Performance Photography collection

Scope and Content

The collection covers UK theatre, dance and opera and consists of photographic negatives and contact sheets created between 1979 and 2003, and digital image files up to the present day. Graham Brandon has been commissioned by the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance to document dance photo-calls.

Administrative / Biographical History

Graham Brandon is a freelance photographer who has been employed by the V&A Photographic Studio since 1978. In 1979 he began attending theatre photocalls on behalf of the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance to record live performance for the V&A's collections.


This collection has been organised into two sections:

  • THM/110/1 - Performance Photography (Analogue Photography, 1979-2003
  • THM/110/2 - Performance Photography (Digital Photography), since 2003

Access Information

This archive collection is available for consultation in the V&A Blythe House Archive and Library Study Room by appointment only.Full details of access arrangements may be found here: .

Please note that cataloguing of this collection is not yet completed and access to some of the material may be restricted. These are noted in the catalogue where relevant.

Acquisition Information

Created by Graham Brandon on behalf of the V&A.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

This collection contains photographs, contact sheets, negatives and digital photographs. Not all are available for access in the Archive and Library Study Room. Further details can be found at series level.

Conditions Governing Use

Information on copying and commercial reproduction may be found here: .

Appraisal Information

This collection was appraised in line with the collection management policy.



Related Material

See also the core collections of the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance. Material relating to artists, productions and venues can be found the biographical, productions, company files.

Biographical files and other related library material are catalogued on the V&A's Library catalogue

Press cuttings, reviews and programmes of productions photographed by Brandon can be found in the core collections' production files.

Please ask for details.

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