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 will explore the relationship between the photographer and the subject involved in making portraits. The photographs will reflect encounters Colin has had with people he had previously never met, and examine what happened next.


Jehovah’s Witnesses, Coldstream, 2014, from the series ‘In the Company of Strangers’
Photograph © Colin McPherson 2014, all rights reserved.


Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert will present work from his project ‘Satra, the Roma of Sintesti’ which spanned 17 years. Through repeated visits to the Roma camp in Romania, relationships were built, friendships formed and a portrait of a camp captured in both black-and-white and colour, charting the changes in the lives of the people.


Mia, a young Roma girl. From the series ‘Satra, the Roma of Sintesti’
Photograph © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014 all rights reserved.


Sophie Gerrard will present portraits from her personal and on-going series ‘Homecoming‘, a project focused on the experience of turning the camera towards the places, people and communities which evoke a particular sense of home. Shot all over Scotland, Sophie will talk about the notion of returning home, and share her experience of photographing those people and places which can feel simultaneously familiar and unknown.


Boys at the skate park. From the series ‘Homecoming’
Photograph © Sophie Gerrard 2014 all rights reserved.


‘American Always, Scottish Forever’, is a series of portraits Stephen McLaren has been making of Americans with Scottish ancestry who retain close affinity with the ‘Old Country’. Stephen discovered the subjects at the many Scottish Festivals and Highland Games that take place throughout California and even through they may never set foot in Scotland, all revel in having a Scottish identity to call their own.


Jonathan McGregor, Piper, Ventura Highland Games, California, 2012 from the series ‘American Always, Scottish Forever’.
Photograph © Stephen McLaren 2014 all rights reserved.


We are very pleased to be joined on the evening by a selection of guest photographers who will be showing the following work…

Emily Macinnes will be showing her current, long-term project ‘Paradise Lost: Testimonies of Abuse‘ documenting male survivors of childhood, sexual abuse. Emily will show images from the portrait series and discuss how she approached this sensitive subject matter.


From the series ‘Paradise Lost: Testimonies of Abuse’
Photograph © Emily Macinnes 2014, all rights reserved.

Emily Macinnes (b. 1989) is a Scottish-born photographer currently based in Edinburgh.  Since graduating from Nottingham Trent University in 2012 she has been working as a freelance documentary photographer and multimedia storyteller working with international NGO’s as well as more intimate stories of struggles faced closer to home.  What unites her work is a common interest in peoples’ stories and a desire to creatively communicate the individual and emotional aspect of the issues she documents.


The multimedia presentation of Graham MacIndoe‘s  self portrait series ‘My Addiction, Through My Eyes’ will show a selection of images from a much larger body of work. Although often harrowing, the images show the quietness and isolation that often comes with the obsessive nature of addiction when the partying days have long been left behind. Without glamorization or being sensationalist there is an awareness of pain and a quality of introspection rarely seen with this subject matter.


Self portrait from the series ‘My Addiction, Through My Eyes’..
Photograph © Graham MacIndoe 2014 all rights reserved.

Graham MacIndoe studied painting at Edinburgh College of Art and went on to earn his master’s degree in photography at the Royal College of Art in London. He has lived in New York City since 1991 where he has been a part time  professor at Parsons The New School since 2011. He is having his first book published by LittleBigMan Books in June 2014 and is the recipient of a 2014 Alicia Patterson Fellowship. His work is in many public and private collections including Scotland’s National Portrait Gallery, the British Museum of Film and Television, the V&A Museum in London and the British Council. Graham is represented by Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles.


Arpita Shah will be presenting a short narrated slideshow entitled ‘Myth and The Asian Diaspora’. She will be discussing the relationship between mythology and portraiture in her work and how she uses it to explore the experience of Diaspora for Asians living in Scotland.


From the series ‘Myth and The Asian Diaspora’.
Photograph © Arpita Shah 2014, all rights reserved.

Arpita Shah is an India-born visual artist and is based in Scotland. With a background in photography and film, she predominantly works in these two mediums exploring themes around culture and identity. Her work tends to draw from Asian and Eastern mythology, using it both visually and conceptually to explore the issues of cultural displacement in the Asian Diaspora. Arpita has exhibited internationally and has been involved in several artist residencies and community arts project around Scotland, which include residencies at Street Level Photoworks, Ankur Arts and The Albert Drive Project.


Ben Roberts will be showing work from his series ‘Higher Lands’, photographed in 2007-08. The photographs, documenting adolescents growing up in the Highlands of Scotland, still resonate with people 7 years after they were taken. Exploring themes of love and insecurity, Ben will discuss why photographs of teenagers are so compelling, and how he is striving to make similar images in his current personal work.


From the series ‘Love, Desire and Insecurity – Portraits of Adolescence’
Photograph © Ben Roberts 2014, all rights reserved.

Ben Roberts is a portrait and documentary photographer based in Madrid. He is a contributor to the FT Weekend Magazine and Monocle amongst other publications. His personal projects are diverse, ranging from observing the effects of the economic crisis on the landscapes of Spain, through to young people growing up in the Highlands of Scotland.


We look forward to seeing you there on the night.

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‘Seen Unseen’, Galeri BU, Istanbul

Not strictly Scotland, but Document Scotland’s Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert has his Roma portraits work included in the ‘Seen Unseen’ photography show at Galeri BU, in Istanbul, Turkey, until July 12th.

Also included in the show is the work of Ken Schles, Edward Keating, Antonin Kratchovil of VII Agency, Stephen Dupont, Ken Light, Arjen Zwart, Goskin Varan, Jeffrey Wolin, and Hai Zhang. The work was shown last year at the Bursa Photo Festival, but the images remained in Turkey, and have formed this new smaller show, a selection from the wider festival programme. The show was curated by Jason Eskenazi, and assisted by Arjen Zwart and Huseyin Yilmaz.

'Seen Unseen', at Galeri BU, Istanbul, until July 12th.

‘Seen Unseen’, at Galeri BU, Istanbul, until July 12th.

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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 my portrait work, and we selected about 20 shots covering both parts of the project, both the early years shot in black and white from 1990-97, and then the latter years in colour from 2004-06. The pictures were hung in the Pirinc Han courtyard, and very nicely presented. It was so refreshing to have the work hung outside instead of framed an in a straight line on an interior wall…

Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert’s exhibition at Bursa Photo Festival, Bursa, Turkey, 2012. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2012. All rights reserved.


As well as showing my work, I was kindly invited to present a seminar about the multi-year project, and in the mornings every day all the festival’s participating photographers ( Antonin Kratchovil of VII agency, legendary American documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark, Phillip Toledano, National Geographic’s Maggie Steber, Li Zhensheng from China, Newsha Tavakolian of Iran,  Ken Schles of New York and many others) held portfolio reviews, aided by Turkish coffees, in the Koza Han courtyard, for any photographer who wished to gain the views and insight of others into their own work.

Seminars and talks, round table discussions filled the day, and in the evenings slideshow presentations of works by ‘Master Photographers’ took place.

Bursa Photo Festival, Bursa, Turkey. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2012, all rights reserved.


It’s been a thoroughly enjoyable week here in Turkey, one in which the photographers and editors were given both the chance to share their work and knowledge, but also the chance to gain inspiration and words of advice from their peers. The Bursa Photo Festival is only in it’s second year, but already seems destined to being a regular stop on the photo festival calendar for critics, editors and photographers alike. I, for one, certainly hope I can return again and look forward to visiting.


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On show, Bursa Photo Festival.

Document Scotland are pleased to announce that they’ll be represented at this year’s Bursa Photo Festival, in Bursa, Turkey, from September 15th-21st. Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert will be present at the festival, the 2nd year of the Bursa festival, and will be exhibiting a selection of portraits shot during his long term project with the Roma of Sintesti, in Romania.

Bursa Photo Festival


“My Roma of Sinetsti project was something that I worked on annually from 1990-97, shooting in black and white and documenting the lifestyle, customs, traditions and look of the roma, and then in 2004-2006 I returned to update the project and see how their story had unfolded. During both those periods I shot many portraits, recording how the traditional look was disappearing, only to be replaced with a more ‘Westernised’ look in terms of hairstyles and fashions. It is this work that will be on show at Bursa.” – Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

Mia, a young Roma girl stands in front of a mermaid painted on the wall of a Roma home, in the old part of the Roma camp of Sintesti, Romania, 2004. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2012, all rights reserved.


The Bursa festival has a very impressive line-up of distinguished guests, photographers, critics, book publishers and editors, all in attendance. Seminars, slideshows and portfolio reviews happen daily, and Jeremy’s seminar about the Roma project will be on Tuesday 18th Sept.

Click here to read more information on the Bursa Photo Festival schedule of events or book a portfolio review with one of the many photographers.


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