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The “Games” and Dalmarnock, by Chris Leslie

Three cheers for the Commonwealth Games. The metal stick aka “the Queen’s Baton” which she kindly loaned-out for a series of global jogs has traversed the old pink section of the global atlas and has now entered Glaswegian orbit after a dash across Scotia’s hills, glens and shopping centres. I remember the 1974 Games in […]

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Time And Tide Wait For No Man.

Luke Brown sent us this series of images ‘Time And Tide Wait For No Man’, a look at the outdoor swimming pool areas of the Edwardian and Victorian eras. It isn’t a subject matter we’d seen covered before, and knowing nothing of Scottish outdoor pools we find it of interest and Luke has graciously shared […]

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Stone Built by Gunnie Moberg, rebuilt.

It was with pleasure that I followed a link on Twitter today, that great oracle, and found out news that a book of Scottish photography is about to be reprinted. Always joyous news here in Document Scotland. The book in question is Stone Built by Gunnie Moberg, so with kind permission of the Gunnie Moberg […]

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North by North West

Document Scotland are hitting the road next month. We are heading to the Highlands and Argyll to host the first of a series of four salon events across the country which will present the work we will be showing at our forthcoming exhibition at Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow. There will be presentations in person […]

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Street Level with A Fine Beginning

We at Document Scotland love collaborations! So, when the opportunity presented itself to work together with the Welsh photography collective A Fine Beginning, we jumped at the chance. Late last year, we were approached by Malcolm Dickson, director of Street Level Photoworks with the offer of an exhibition at his acclaimed gallery in Glasgow. After […]

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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 […]

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Histrionics in Stirling

If not the quite centre of the universe, Stirling felt like the place to be in Scotland this weekend. On Friday evening, Pipefest kicked three days of festivities, with around 1600 pipers and other musicians from around the world marching from the castle through the city’s streets. The following day, Bannockburn Live competed for attention […]

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Beyond The Border – Impressions Gallery – You’re invited!

We’ve been furiously checking prints, sending work to the framers, proofing text, editing, making phonecalls, and finishing long term projects shot over the last year or more in preparation for our group show, Beyond The Border: New Contemporary Photography from Scotland at Impressions Gallery in Bradford. We are delighted to invite you to the opening […]

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The Wrestlers by Andrew Cawley

“Andrew Cawley sent us his Wrestlers portfolio as a submission, and in an instant we were in agreement to run it. We haven’t seen such portraits of Scots wrestlers in recent times, if at all, and barely know how the pro-wrestling scene works and operates. That is how Andrew began, seeing a poster, wanting to […]

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Vatersay by Paul Glazier

“I grew up in London and first went up to the island of Vatersay when I was 12. I fell in love with the place immediately and kept returning to the island once or twice a year for many years. It seemed so real after the suburbs of London. Although I was busy photographing the […]

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A night at The Scottish National Portrait Gallery

We are still buzzing after such an interesting, creative and energetic evening at The Scottish National Portrait Gallery last night for Document Scotland’s 1st ever portrait event “Face To Face: The Portrait in Photography Today”. Thank you to the photographers which Document Scotland invited to take part along side us, Ben Roberts, Arpita Shah, Emily […]

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Jim Yorkston – Haneen lil watten

Jim Yorkston’s exhibition opened at the Filmhouse last night. We’ve been on the lookout for an opportunity to feature Jim’s work on the Document Scotland blog so we had a chat with him about this latest work ‘Haneen lil watten’ – meaning ‘A Yearning for my Homeland.’ DS – What’s this new work about and […]

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Face to Face: The Photographers

So folks, we are now very excited to confirm the following details about the work being presented at our event Face To Face: The Portrait In Photography Today at The Scottish National Portrait Gallery on the 14th May 2014. Colin McPherson will present a short multimedia entitled ‘In the Company of Strangers’ in which he […]

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A new collaboration

We are delighted to announce a partnership with the Scotland’s oldest university that will see our photography become part of one of country’s most important photographic archives. This new collaboration between the University of St Andrews and Document Scotland will unite some of the oldest photographs in Scotland with contemporary documentary images. The initiative will […]

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Five by Four

Our busy year of events has begun: an exhibition of work by Document Scotland opened earlier this month at the Scotland House Conference Centre in Brussels. Entitled Five by Four, the show comprises separate bodies of work from the four Document Scotland photographers, each of which were responding to themes and ideas behind the Scottish […]

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Journey’s end

After a year exploring Scotland’s 96-mile border with England, Document Scotland’s Colin McPherson finally reached the point of no return. Here he explains some of the discoveries he made during his journey from the Sark to the sea. “Photographers love journeys. From its earliest history, our predecessors found new locations, often in far-off lands, to […]

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Yes and No by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

Yes and No: the year 2014 saw Scotland vote in a referendum to decide whether the country should become an independent nation. Document Scotland’s Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert spent much of the time leading up to the poll meeting and photographing people on both sides of the political divide. “Following on from the series of photographs I […]

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My Addiction, My Photographs

‘My Addiction, My Photographs’, by Graham MacIndoe Over the past few years Scottish-born photographer Graham MacIndoe has been on what you could call a ‘character building’ trip. From the highs of a successful career in advertising photography to the highs of a serious drug addiction, and the inevitable descent into a world he never thought […]

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Yes, No, Mibbee by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

On September 18th, 2014 the electorate of Scotland went the polls to answer, with a simple or some may believe not-so-simple Yes or No, the question: ‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’ In the run-up to the vote, Document Scotland photographer Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert went on the campaign trail and found it was more a case […]

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6 Percent in Inverness

An exhibition of black and white photographs called ‘Six Percent’ is currently showing at the Eden Court Theatre in Inverness. The work, by Perth based documentary photographer Graham Miller, was carried our over two years in conjunction with Down’s Syndrome Scotland who then funded a print run of the book and the framed images which […]

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Beyond The Border

We’re delighted to announce that we have begun working with Anne McNeill, and her colleagues, at Impressions Gallery, Bradford, in producing a show of our photography entitled ‘Beyond The Border’. The show will open to the public on July 1st, and there will be an opening night soiree on July 3rd. You’re all invited! Last […]

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Vishnu and Lakshmi (Mr & Mrs Parkash)

Arpita Shah – Ghar

Sophie was recently invited to speak about Document Scotland as part of  TalkSee Photography at Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts. It was a lively evening – a great turnout with a good debate afterwards and also it was the first time we met Arpita Shah – and saw her speak about her photography. One of […]

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Regeneration by Iain Sarjeant

Over here at Document Scotland we enjoy the work of Iain Sarjeant, who is based up north, a tad north of Inverness. But Iain’s location doesn’t stop him from wandering the streets of Scotland capturing his quietly observed moments. We’ve previously run some of Iain’s work from his ‘Out of the Ordinary’ project, but here […]

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E-Wasteland exhibited as part of Survive. Photography and The Environment - Green Week LCC, London February 2014 © Lewis Bush all rights reserved

Survive – Photography and The Environment – Green Week 2014

Sophie was really pleased to be invited to take part in Green Week 2014 at London College of Communication this month. Sophie took part in Survival a symposium debating sustainability and its communication and looking at the role environmental photography can play in media representation. Sophie showed a few projects, E-Wasteland and The Dunes and […]

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Alan McCredie, 100 Weeks of Scotland

Alan McCredie, an Edinburgh-based photographer, had the genesis of a great project-idea in October 2012. Realising that the Independence referendum was exactly 100 weeks in the future, he decided he would start “100 Weeks of Scotland”, a photographic endeavour to record events and scenes from all over Scotland in the lead up to the referendum. […]

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Document Scotland in Beijing

To celebrate the Chinese New Year we’ve decided to make a small compendium of photographs taken by the four of us, Sophie, Colin, Stephen, and Jeremy, in Beijing over the past two years. You can download, free of charge, the pdf of work via the following link. Download ‘DOC004: Document Scotland in Beijing’ here. Document […]

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The Glasgow Renaissance

Chris Leslie is a documentary photographer and film-maker based in Glasgow. We were very pleased to feature his work at our Document Scotland Summer Salon event in August last year. For 3 years now, Chris has been working on a long term photography and multimedia project, The Glasgow Renaissance, documenting the city of Glasgow as it […]

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The UnAmericans: Detained, Deported and Divided

Congratulations are due to New York-based Scottish photographer Graham MacIndoe and his partner, journalist Susan Stellin, on being awarded an Alicia Patterson Foundation grant for their project ‘The UnAmericans: Detained, Deported and Divided’. The UnAmericans: Detained, Deported and Divided The project is a series of interviews and photographs documenting the stories of immigrants who have been […]

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Sandy Carson

Sandy Carson has had a varied life. He studied media and communication studies before dropping out to be in a punk band and to go on tour as a teenager. After a few years he quit the band and moved the U.S. to pursue a BMX career and turned professional a couple of years after. “I […]

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Sandy Carson “Steadfast Love”

Sandy Carson is a Scottish photographer now living in Austin, Texas. He is an established photojournalist in America and has rarely been back to Scotland. Recently however, he returned to catch-up with his family in Newmains, Lanarkshire and started a series of photographs about his folks called, Steadfast Love, a series of intimate portraits including […]

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A man takes his early morning walk at 5am, with his radio through the streets of downtown Yangon, Myanmar. @ Sophie Gerrard, all rights reserved.

Portrait Salon exhibition January 2014

Following on from the success of the Document Scotland Portrait Salon event at Stills Gallery in Edinburgh – we are delighted that the first ever printed Portrait Salon exhibition will take place from January 10th 2014 at new venue FUSE Art Space in Bradford. The exhibition features a cross section of the best contemporary portrait […]

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EPA winner announced

The latest winner of the European Publishers Award for Photography – ‘One Another’ by Alisa Resnik – is now available. ‘One Another’ features images mainly taken at night in St Petersburg and Berlin. Leaden-coloured scenes, greasy spoon cafés, empty halls and old hotel rooms that seem to echo with traces of the past. And people’s […]

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What will the New Year bring…?

No, it’s not the members of Document Scotland lining up for their annual photograph but rather War, Death, Pestilence, Famine, otherwise known as the Four Dwarfmen of the Apocalypse, who featured in the Easdale community pantomime held on the tiny island in Argyll just after the New Year took shape and photographed by Colin McPherson. Unlike […]

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Brought to book

Although it has been a number of years since Document Scotland’s Colin McPherson produced the main body of work in his Catching the Tide series, the photographs of his long-term project documenting the lives of Scotland’s remaining salmon net fishermen continue to be published. A new book entitled The Salmon Fishers – a history of […]

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THE TRUTH – EVEN IF IT DIDN’T HAPPEN.

We happened upon the work of Donnie MacLean at a recent Street Level Photoworks portfolio review session. Donnie had come and had brought a small self-published book to show to myself and Sophie. It’s always a nervous moment for the reviewer, will the work be good, or will it be truly awful and you struggle […]

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Nelson Mandela inside the City Chambers, George Square, Glasgow, Scotland, on 9th October 1993. Mandela was in Glasgow to receive the 'Freedom of the City' honour. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 1993, all rights reserved.

Nelson Mandela, 1918 – 2013.

I remember where I was twenty three years ago, on Sunday, February 11th 1990. I remember it clearly. I was sitting in a  little blue Ford Fiesta car, for which I can still remember the registration number, my first car. I was stopped at traffic lights in Charing Cross, Glasgow, and the radio was on. […]

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History making

A week, as the old saying goes, is a long time in politics. But how do we measure 18 years? On another of many historic days in modern Scottish politics, the government of our devolved parliament today launches its White Paper, setting out a prospectus for an independent Scotland. Spool back almost exactly 18 years […]

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All That Remains

At a recent photography show opening in Street Level Gallery, Glasgow, I bumped into Donna Maria Kelly and she told me of her work photographing, as personal mementos, her father’s belongings in the hours after he had died. It was an interesting story and encouraging to hear that Donna, a recent photography course graduate, had […]

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A’ Fàgail na Dachaigh: Leaving Home

Ian Paterson and John Maher are two photographers who found themselves covering the same subject matter in the Hebrides and decided it would be best to join forces and present their work as a joint exhibition and potential book. Document Scotland, a great believer in photographers finding common cause and pooling resources, wanted to find […]

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