Journal

‘By The Glow Of The Jukebox’

In 1955 American photographer Robert Frank received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation grant  to travel across the United States and photograph all strata of its society. He took his family along with him for part of his series of road trips over the next two years, during which time he took 28,000 shots. Only 83 of those images were […]

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Entering ‘the zone’.

Digital Camera Magazine, in UK,  have this month (October 2012 issue) featured a 4 page interview with me and a series of images that I shot inside the nuclear exclusion zone that surrounds the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Fukushima, Japan. On March 11th 2011, late on that quiet Friday afternoon, Japan suffered a triple […]

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45 Years of Stalking

Fellow Scottish photographer Jeff Mitchell, who photographs for Getty Images photo agency, has been up to Braemar to shoot a nice set of images on deer stalking, and has covered the last hunt by Invercauld Estate’s head stalker Peter Fraser, who is retiring after 45 years of work. You can see the images, and read […]

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Easdale’s World Stone Skimming Championships

Last week, the island of Easdale was in the news about a threat to a world-class sporting event held on its square mile of craggy slate anchored off the Argyll coast. Apparently the island’s owner wanted to cancel the island’s premier sporting event of the season, the World Stone Skimming Championships, for not providing a […]

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Crossing Paths

Scottish photographer Niall McDiarmid was recently awarded a prize for portraiture in the International Photography Awards for his current Crossing Paths portraiture project,  an ongoing project which stands as a social document of the looks and styles of people on the streets of the UK at present. Niall kindly agreed to answer a few emailed questions from Document Scotland about the background to […]

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Doomen and Dookits

Young Scottish photographer Robert Ormerod has had his ‘Doomen’ series, a project of portraits of pigeon keepers, published in The Guardian Weekend magazine. The images comprise a beautiful set of portraits, quiet moments of the men and women with their pigeons, a breed of pigeon known as Horseman Thief Pouters. The images were shot in […]

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Burns Country

While traversing Scotland in pursuit of photographs for my long-term project, Scotia Nova, I often find myself in small, un-heralded towns looking for little moments which reveal a wider truth about modern Scotland. Towns like Shotts, Peterhead, Larbert, Wemyss Bay, solid working class towns with civic monuments and no-nonsense inhabitants. These settlements are representative of […]

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Marzaroli’s ‘Castlemilk Lads’.

Oscar Marzaroli‘s picture known as ‘The Castlemilk Lads’ is one of the iconic photographic images of Glasgow, and of Scotland. It was with great relish that Document Scotland recently read the story behind the image, a story which has gone untold until Peter Ross, journalist with the Scotland On Sunday newspaper, tracked down the three […]

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Turkish Delight

Well it’s been a great week here in Turkey, delightful even. Very kindly I was invited to participate in the Bursa Photo Festival, and to exhibit my photography work with the Roma of Sintesti, Romania, at the festival which this year had the theme of ‘Traces of Humanity’. The organisers had asked that I show […]

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Olympics Parade, Glasgow, September 2012

These photographs were taken during the recent Olympics and Para-Olympics homecoming celebration in Glasgow. The theme of the event was celebrating, “Scotland’s Greatest Team”, which seemed a substantially different message to the “Support Team GB” message that had predominated during the Games. I was interested to find out how onlookers and supporters of the athletes […]

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Last chance to see

Photographing conflict and post-conflict arenas is one of the most interesting sub-genres of documentary photography. There are many different approaches which make for outstanding viewing. From the monumental landscapes of Donovan Wylie and Simon Norfolk, depicting the theatre sets of war to the late Tim Hetherington’s claustrophobic and intimate moments with the dramatis personae, there […]

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