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By Annabel Freyberg   November 2002

London: picture outpost of Bradford?

The quest to provide London with its own photography museum is coming to a head. The recent announcement that the Royal Photographic Society’s archive of 270,000 images is finally to be transferred, from Bath, to Bradford’s National Museum of Photography, Film and Television would seem to sound a death knell on the capital’s ambitions. But the move may in fact herald a previously undreamed-of alternative-namely of London becoming a prestigious outstation of Bradford.

Boasting 1m visitors a year, the NMPFT is the most-visited museum outside the metropolis. Yet Bradford struggles for recognition as a site…

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