Best Photography Galleries in the World

V&A London

In February 1858, almost twenty years after the creation of the oldest photograph ever taken, the South Kensington Museum (now the Victoria and Albert Museum) in London organized the first ever exhibition of photography. It was a groundbreaking event, as 1009 prints were contributed by the Photographic society of London and additional 250 were brought by its French counterpart, the Société française de photographie. It was the first photography exhibition to ever take place in any museum. In 1905, the medium got its first significant dedicated space, in form of the iconic 291 gallery in New York City, located at 291 Fifth Avenue and managed by the legendary photographer Alfred Stieglitz. The gallery hosted numerous exhibition between its debut year and its closing in 1917, rising the photographic picture to the level of painting and sculpture and shedding light on some of the most important photographers in history. []