The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world’s largest museum of fine and decorative arts. The Museum’s photographs collection, the National Collection of the Art of Photography, is over 150 years old and ranges from the historic to the contemporary. Ashley Givens joined the Museum in 2007 as the Assistant Curator of Photographs. She began her career in the Photographs Department of Christie’s in New York. She has since earned an M.A. in Nineteenth Century French art from the Courtauld Institute of Art where she is also working on a Ph.D.
Ashley has recently published essays on the artists Edward Hartwig (exhibiton catalogue published by Moonblinx Publishing, forthcoming), Veronica Bailey (Portfolio magazine, #49, May 2009) and Marrigje de Maar (exhibition catalogue published by Hidde van Seggelen, March 2009).