While the buzz and excitement of Photo London 2015 is now but a distant (and happy) memory, there is one part of the fair which has remained open to the curious public: Beneath the Surface. This well-thought out, illuminating exhibition showcases rarely-displayed and unseen works from the Victoria and Albert Museum’s collection of photographs. With some 200 photographs on display—ranging from the 1850s until today—the offerings are wonderfully diverse yet deeply cohesive, a testament to the show’s strong curatorial team.

Above, we interview the two minds behind the show: Martin Barnes (Senior Curator of Photographs at the museum) and Hinde Haest (Assistant Curator). They share insights from their work process, thoughts on their favorite works from the collection, as well as more prospective musings on the future of curation.


Editors’ Note: “Beneath the Surface” will be showing at the Embankment Galleries, South Wing of the Somerset House in London. The show will continue until August 24, 2015.