Season of Photography in Scotland 2017

The Season of Photography in Scotland, which runs until the end of November, is an initiative of Photography Scotland, a consortium comprising the National Galleries of Scotland, The University of Glasgow, the University of St Andrews, Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, and Stills, Edinburgh. Find out about exhibitions and events highlighting historical and contemporary photography.

The University of Glasgow Library holds outstanding collections of photography from the mid-19th century onwards. The earliest material, dating from the 1840s, includes original calotype negatives and salted paper prints produced by the pioneering partnership of renowned Scottish photographers, David Octavius Hill (1802-1870) and Robert Adamson (1821-1848).

David Octavius Hill (Ref: HA0133)


Robert Adamson, seated right (Ref: HA0336)

Other professional photographers from Scotland represented in our collections include Thomas Annan (1829-1887)Robert Macpherson (1814-1872) and members of the Glasgow Photographic Association. Amateur photography is also represented, for example, in the exploration of different photographic processes by Fanny Pickard (born 1847) and the lively Edwardian family photographs of William Fulton Jackson (1855-1901). Photography is a strong presence in the collections of artists James Abbot McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), ‘Glasgow Boy’ James Paterson (1854-1932), the polar explorer William Speirs Bruce (1867-1921) and business collections including the Stoddard Templeton design archive. We also hold one of the earliest scientific works to be illustrated with photographs, an 1872 work by the naturalist Charles Darwin.

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Follow this link to see blog posts featuring early photography from across our collections, including conservation and digitisation projects.

Categories: Archives and Special Collections


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