A national collection of Middle Eastern photography is set to be created at the V&A and the British Museum.

Boosted by £100,000 cash from The Art Fund the collection will span the 20th century to the present day – featuring ?emerging talents? as well as celebrated names.

The V&A and British Museum will share the collection and work towards a ?major exhibition? in 2012.

Subjects will cover documentary-style reportage to ?more experimental digital pieces’, said a spokesman for The Art Fund.

?Works acquired already demonstrate a diverse spread across the Middle East, from Morocco to Lebanon and Palestine to Saudi Arabia, and across the decades.?

Picture credit: Hassan Hajjaj

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