Tuesday, 23 July 2013
Document Scotland: an essay
Scotland has a long tradition of documentary photography, reaching back as far as Thomas Annan (1829-1887), John Thompson (1837-1921), and Hill and Adamson (partners from 1843-1848). Amongst others, these pioneers set out many of the founding principles of the genre which pertain to this day. In addition to these Scottish natives, many a celebrated international photographer has also paid homage to the country and its inhabitants, including Paul Strand (1890-1976), with his timeless images from the northwest fringes in the 1930s, and Martin Parr (born 1952), with his more recent work along the A8 Corridor, west of Glasgow.
It is against this impressive backdrop that, in 2012, four contemporary Scots-born documentary photographers – Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, Colin McPherson, Stephen McLaren and Sophie Gerrard – came together to form the collective, Document Scotland.
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