National Portrait Gallery appoints new photography leader

Phillip Prodger, the founding curator of photography at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, has been appointed head of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery in London, starting from 01 June.

“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,” says the gallery in a press statement.


Prodger will replace Terence Pepper, who will now assume a part-time role at the gallery as senior special advisor on photographs. He is expected to work with the exhibitions team until early 2016.

“Prodger was curator of the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition Hoppé Portraits: Society, Studio and Street in 2011, and Ansel Adams: From the Mountains to the Sea, which showed at the Royal Museums Greenwich in 2012,” reads the gallery’s press statement. “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).”

Sandy Nairne, director of the National Portrait Gallery, comments: “I am very pleased that Phillip Prodger will join the team at the National Portrait Gallery in London, and will be able to lead our important work in photographic portraits, building on the achievements of Terence Pepper in the development of the Collection and in creating outstanding loan exhibitions.”