The National Portrait Gallery, London, Appoints Phillip Prodger as Head of Photographs Collection

The National Portrait Gallery, London, has appointed Phillip Prodger, founding Curator of Photography at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, as Head of Photographs Collection, from 1 June 2014.

Prodger will lead the Gallery's photographic exhibitions and displays programme and oversee the Gallery's Collection of more than 250,000 photographs, which spans from the medium's invention to the present day.

Terence Pepper OBE, Hon FRPS, formerly Curator of Photographs, has a new part-time role, starting January 2014, as the Gallery's Senior Special Advisor on Photographs, and will be working on special projects with the Exhibitions team until early 2016.

Phillip Prodger, Ph.D (Cantab.) FRSA, was curator of the National Portrait Gallery's acclaimed exhibition HoppéPortraits: Society, Studio and Street in 2011, and Ansel Adams: From the Mountains to the Sea, which showed at the Royal Museums Greenwich in 2012. He is the author and editor of 17 books and catalogues, including Darwin's Camera, named one of the best art and architecture books of 2009 by the New York Times, and Man Ray | Lee Miller: Partners in Surrealism (2011). In 2013 he was the only curator in the United States to receive a Focus Award, given annually to those making a critical contribution to the promotion, curation, and presentation of photography.

Originally from Margate, Kent, Phillip Prodger has held appointments at the National Gallery of Canada, the Saint Louis Art Museum, and the Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University. He received a Ph.D. in history of art from the University of Cambridge in 2005. Expert in late nineteenth/early twentieth-century art and photography, he has curated more than 30 exhibitions internationally, including at the Beijing Museum of World Art and the BerlinischeGalerie in Germany.

Terence Pepper's exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery include those on Howard Coster (1985) and James Abbe (1995), Angus McBean Portraits (2006), Vanity Fair: Portraits (2008), (co-curated with David Friend and winner of the Lucie Award for Exhibition of the Year), Beatles to Bowie: the 60s Exposed (2009) and Man Ray: Portraits (2013- 2014) which toured to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh (where it was nominated for a Lucie Award) and The State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.

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