The Bigger Picture

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It’s always a nice way to start the day when a beautiful new publication arrives on your doorstep. What made yesterday even better was that the publication was unexpected, and that Document Scotland are featured in it.

The Bigger Picture: The Work of Impressions Gallery is a clever and comprehensive retrospective of Impressions Gallery.

 

“Since 1972 Impressions Gallery has changed the face of photography in the UK”. This beautiful book tells “the story of the gallery’s past, present and future; championing photography in Britain and beyond.”

 

We’re delighted to be included in such a publication and in such esteemed company as Anna Fox, Murray Ballard, Tessa Bunney, Melanie Friend, Paul Reas and many more. The book includes a spread about Document Scotland’s exhibition “Beyond The Border: New Contemporary photography from Scotland” in the summer of 2014, curated by the gallery’s director, Anne McNeill and is accompanied by a quote about the exhibition from Brian Liddy, Associate Curator of the National Media Museum, “Document Scotland occupies the latest in a long and rich tradition of Scottish documentary photography… the imminence of the vote only makes the exhibition even more pointed and offers a refreshing antidote to the hectoring of politicians on the subject.”

 

 

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Learn more about Impressions Gallery, their current and previous exhibitions and projects on their website

See more images of the book’s creative design and content here  www.behance.net

 

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Working The Border – Carlisle Photo Festival

Many thanks to Malcolm Dickson and Street Level Photoworks Glasgow for including work by Sophie Gerrard, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert and Colin McPherson in an exhibition entitled ‘Working The Border’  at Carlisle Photo Festival recently. Situated on the railway bridge linking Northbound and Southbound platforms at Carlisle Railway Station, the exhibition also includes work by Colin Gray, Andy Wiener and Donald John MacLean. The festival itself was on from 7th – 15th November, however, the works on the railway bridge remain in place.

All the bodies of work featured are based upon or comment on the Anglo-Scottish border and notions of national identity, landscape and history.

 

Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert's images from 'Edge of an Empire' installed at Carlisle Photo Festival © Streetlevel Photoworks November 2014

Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert’s images from ‘Edge of an Empire’ installed at Carlisle Photo Festival. Image © Claire Maxwell, courtesy Street Level Photoworks November 2014

 

Carlisle Photo Festival © Claire Maxwell, courtesy Street Level Photoworks November 2014

Sophie Gerrard’s images from ‘Drawn To The Land’ installed at Carlisle Photo Festival. Image © Claire Maxwell, courtesy Street Level Photoworks November 2014

 

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Colin McPherson’s images from ‘A Fine Line’ installed at Carlisle Photo Festival. Image © Claire Maxwell, courtesy Street Level Photoworks November 2014

 

Originally shown in Document Scotland’s summer exhibition ‘Beyond The Border’ at Impressions Gallery in Bradford, the images chosen for ‘Working The Border’ include those from Sophie’s ‘Drawn To The Land’, Colin’s ‘A Fine Line’ and Jeremy’s ‘Edge of an Empire’.

 

Carlisle Photo Festival © Claire Maxwell, courtesy Street Level Photoworks November 2014

Carlisle Photo Festival. Image © Claire Maxwell, courtesy Street Level Photoworks November 2014

 

Carlisle Photo Festival © Streetlevel Photoworks November 2014

Carlisle Photo Festival. Image © Claire Maxwell, courtesy Street Level Photoworks November 2014

 

Working the Border’ explores the geophysical & cartographic line that separates Scotland from England.  It borrows its title from the larger work by ae phor, a selection of which was exhibited in the waiting room on Platform 4, accompanied by a soundwork ‘Border Fiddle Music’. This space also included a selected series from Jo Metson Scott’s ‘The Borderland’ project, which was shown for the first time, alongside ‘Schengland’ and ‘The Debatable Land’ by Alan Knox.

 

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The waiting room on platform 4 at Carlisle Railway Station for Carlisle Photo Festival. Image © Claire Maxwell, courtesy Street Level Photoworks November 2014

 

Carlisle Photo Festival © Streetlevel Photoworks November 2014

Alan Knox’s ‘Schengland’ installed at Carlisle Photo Festival. Image © Claire Maxwell, courtesy Street Level Photoworks November 2014

 

The festival was on from 7th – 15th November – only a week, however, the work on the railway bridges remains in place, so, if you’re in town, or waiting for a connection, or passing through at 100mph on a Virgin train – be sure to take a look!

 

 

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Common Ground – our new publication

We’re delighted to announce that to accompany our ‘Common Ground’ exhibition at Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, we have self-published an 84-page colour publication, and one which we can offer exclusively for sale here.

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Including two photo essays from each Document Scotland member, Sophie Gerrard, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, Colin McPherson and Stephen McLaren, ‘Common Ground’ takes a look at contemporary Scotland as the country stands on the verge of making a political decision which, whatever the outcome, will resonate through the ages. From the common riding festivals of the Scottish Borders, to the women farmers who work the land, a walk along the Scottish-English border or a car road trip through the streets and daily life of Scotland, this publication showcases new projects completed with assistance from Creative Scotland, for our current Street Level Photoworks exhibition.

 

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This publication also introduces work by our colleagues and friends at the Welsh photography collective A Fine Beginning – James O Jenkins, Abbie Trayler-Smith, Gawain Barnard and Jack Latham, work which can also be seen in the ‘Common Ground’ exhibition.

We are delighted to also include essays by Malcolm Dickson, curator and director at Street Level Photoworks, and Anne McNeill, director of Impressions Gallery, Bradford and curator of our ‘Beyond The Border’ show which runs at Impressions Gallery until September 27th.

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We are very proud to be able to present two photographs by Glasgow-born photojournalist Harry Benson CBE, who has graciously accepted an invite to become Document Scotland’s Honorary Patron. Stephen McLaren recently journeyed to New York to meet with Harry and his wife Gigi, and in an essay he recounts this meeting, along with the two historical photographs Harry chose for the publication from his archive.

The 84-page, A4-sized, full colour publication, which has a print run of 1,000, was designed by Cabin8Design – the same artists who beautifully designed our first two newspapers.

To purchase a copy please use the buttons below, if you have any problems just give us a shout!  It costs £10.00 GBP per copy, plus postage.

We are pleased to make this contribution to Scottish photography in this landmark year for our nation’s history, and we hope you too will enjoy the work within it.


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Many thanks indeed,

Sophie, Jeremy, Colin and Stephen.

 

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Talks and Portfolio Reviews at Impressions Gallery

Last weekend, on an incredibly hot and sunny day in Bradford, Document Scotland took part in a busy and successful day of portfolio reviews and talks at Impressions Gallery as part of Beyond The Border: New Contemporary Photography from Scotland.

Bradford sunshine image © Colin McPherson 2014

Bradford’s mirror pool, Centenary Square in the summer sunshine © Colin McPherson July 2014

 

Sophie, Colin and Jeremy joined the team at Impressions to talk to a number of talented and enthusiastic portfolio review attendees and look through some really interesting work.  – thank you for coming, and showing us your work. We hope it was a valuable experience for you – we really enjoyed looking at the work. There were some great discussions and we all saw some excellent work that day. Here’s some images, please stay in touch.

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Portfolio Reviews Impressions Gallery © Sophie Gerrard, July 2014.

 

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Portfolio Reviews Impressions Gallery © Sophie Gerrard, July 2014.

 

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Portfolio Reviews Impressions Gallery © Sophie Gerrard, July 2014.

 

Portfolio Reviews Impressions Gallery July 2014 © Sophie Gerrard

Portfolio Reviews Impressions Gallery © Sophie Gerrard, July 2014

 

Portfolio Reviews Impressions Gallery July 2014 © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

Portfolio Reviews Impressions Gallery © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, July 2014

 

Portfolio Reviews Impressions Gallery July 2014 © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

Portfolio Reviews Impressions Gallery © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, July 2014

 

Portfolio Reviews Impressions Gallery July 2014 © Sophie Gerrard

Portfolio Reviews Impressions Gallery © Sophie Gerrard, July 2014

 

In the afternoon, each of us really enjoyed talking to the audience at Impressions about our individual projects, the subjects, the stories, our motivations and thoughts. Thank you all for coming along, for your questions, your interest and your thoughtful comments and opinions. We really appreciated it.

Jeremy started with his series Edge of an Empire, shot on and around the Antonine Wall.

Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert talks to the audience at Impressions Gallery about his body of work 'Edge of an Empire', which is exhibited as part of 'Beyond The Border: New Contemporary Photography from Scotland' on show at Impressions Gallery Bradford 1st July - 27th September 2014. image © Sophie Gerrard July 2014

Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert talks to the audience about ‘Edge of an Empire‘ © Sophie Gerrard, July 2014

 

Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert talks to the audience at Impressions Gallery about his body of work 'Edge of an Empire', which is exhibited as part of 'Beyond The Border: New Contemporary Photography from Scotland' on show at Impressions Gallery Bradford 1st July - 27th September 2014. image © Colin McPherson July 2014

Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert talks to the audience about ‘Edge of an Empire‘ © Colin McPherson July 2014

 

The audience at Impressions Gallery, July 2014 © Sophie Gerrard July 2014

The audience at Impressions Gallery © Sophie Gerrard July 2014

 

Next up was Sophie talking about her work ‘Drawn To The Land’ about female farmers in Scotland and their relationship with the land.

Sophie Gerrard talks to the audience at Impressions Gallery about her body of work 'Drawn To The Land: Women working the Scottish landscape', which is exhibited as part of 'Beyond The Border: New Contemporary Photography from Scotland' on show at Impressions Gallery Bradford 1st July - 27th September 2014. image © Colin McPherson July 2014

Sophie Gerrard talks to the audience at Impressions Gallery about  ‘Drawn To The Land: Women working the Scottish landscape’ image © Colin McPherson July 2014

 

Sophie Gerrard talks to the audience at Impressions Gallery about her body of work 'Drawn To The Land: Women working the Scottish landscape', which is exhibited as part of 'Beyond The Border: New Contemporary Photography from Scotland' on show at Impressions Gallery Bradford 1st July - 27th September 2014. image © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert July 2014

Sophie Gerrard talks to the audience about ‘Drawn To The Land: Women working the Scottish landscape’ image © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert July 2014

 

The audience at Impressions Gallery, July 2014 © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert July 2014

The audience at Impressions Gallery © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert July 2014

 

Anne then presented Stephen’s work, ‘American Always, Scottish Forever’ introducing us to the characters at California’s Highland Games.

Anne McNeill, curator and director of Impressions Gallery,  talks to the audience about Stephen McLaren's work 'American Always Scottish Forever', which is exhibited as part of 'Beyond The Border: New Contemporary Photography from Scotland' on show at Impressions Gallery Bradford 1st July - 27th September 2014. image © Sophie Gerrard July 2014

Anne McNeill, curator and director of Impressions Gallery, talks to the audience about Stephen McLaren’s work ‘American Always Scottish Forever’, image © Sophie Gerrard July 2014

 

Anne McNeill, curator and director of Impressions Gallery,  talks to the audience about Stephen McLaren's work 'American Always Scottish Forever', which is exhibited as part of 'Beyond The Border: New Contemporary Photography from Scotland' on show at Impressions Gallery Bradford 1st July - 27th September 2014. image © Sophie Gerrard July 2014

Anne McNeill, curator and director of Impressions Gallery, talks to the audience about Stephen McLaren’s work ‘American Always Scottish Forever’, image © Sophie Gerrard July 2014

 

And Colin talked us through his series ‘A Fine Line‘, shot over the course of a year along the England/Scotland border.

Colin McPherson talks to the audience at Impressions Gallery about his body of work 'A Fine Line', which is exhibited as part of 'Beyond The Border: New Contemporary Photography from Scotland' on show at Impressions Gallery Bradford 1st July - 27th September 2014. image © Sophie Gerrard July 2014

Colin McPherson talks to the audience about  ‘A Fine Line’,  image © Sophie Gerrard July 2014

 

Colin McPherson talks to the audience at Impressions Gallery about his body of work 'A Fine Line', which is exhibited as part of 'Beyond The Border: New Contemporary Photography from Scotland' on show at Impressions Gallery Bradford 1st July - 27th September 2014. image © Sophie Gerrard July 2014

Colin McPherson talks to the audience about ‘A Fine Line’, image © Sophie Gerrard July 2014

 

Colin McPherson talks to the audience at Impressions Gallery about his body of work 'A Fine Line', which is exhibited as part of 'Beyond The Border: New Contemporary Photography from Scotland' on show at Impressions Gallery Bradford 1st July - 27th September 2014. image © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert July 2014

Colin McPherson talks to the audience about ‘A Fine Line’, image © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert July 2014

 

We all enjoyed taking part in such a well organised and well attended day at Impressions.

For more information on talks and events at the gallery please see here

 

 

 

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Sophie Gerrard Print Sales with The Photographers’ Gallery

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I am very pleased to announce that to co-incide with Document Scotland’s exhibition Beyond The Border currently on at Impressions Gallery, Bradford, The Photographers’ Gallery are selling a special selection of limited edition, archival, signed prints of Drawn To The Land; Women working the Scottish landscape. The selected images are available in 3 sizes and available to buy framed or unframed. Each print is signed by me and you can buy online or by visiting the very lovely Anthony, Gemma and Anstice downstairs in Print Sales at The Photographers’ Gallery.

 

© Sophie Gerrard from the series Drawn To The Land

images © Sophie Gerrard from the series ‘Drawn To The Land’ all rights reserved

 

For more information on The Photographers’ Gallery visit their website here, and see more of Sophie’s work and other photographers’ work for sale on the Print Sales page here.

Sophie is represented by The Photographers Gallery.

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Beyond The Border opening night…

The opening evening of Beyond The Border at Impressions Gallery in Bradford on Thursday 3rd July was a great success, thank you all so much for coming. We were delighted to see so many new and familiar faces there, enjoying the photography, the conversation, the wine and of course, the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafers.

Document Scotland would like to thank Anne McNeill, Director of Impressions Gallery, for curating this exhibition and working with us on this project over the last year. We’d also like to thank Annie Lyden, International Curator of Photography at The Scottish National Portrait Gallery for opening the exhibition for us. Thank you all for your kind words, your help, and for the speeches on the opening night. Thanks also to the team at Impressions Gallery for their hard work and to New Focus who interviewed us for a short film of the exhibition, details of which will come soon.

There will be a portfolio reviews and a talk with Sophie, Colin and Jeremy on Saturday 26th July – more info and booking here.

The exhibition is open until the 27th September, we do hope you can make it along!