Opening Talk: Scotland’s Photograph Album


Blake L. Milteer, Curator, Photography (The MacKinnon Collection) and James Crawford, writer, publisher and presenter of BBC’s Scotland From the Sky, will discuss key themes in the Scotland’s Photograph Album | The MacKinnon Collection exhibition.

The exhibition celebrates an unparalleled collection of Scottish photography recently acquired and shared by the National Galleries of Scotland and the National Library of Scotland. The photographs were amassed by collector Murray MacKinnon and represent Scottish life and identity from the 1840s through the 1940s – a century of dramatic transformation and innovation.

The chronicle of Scotland’s culture during the mid-19th to early 20th centuries is inseparable from its leading role in the early history of photography itself. Many of the first practitioners and visionaries who impelled the medium forward were based in Scotland or were inspired by Scottish subjects. The exhibition includes photographs by William Henry Fox Talbot, David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, Julia Margaret Cameron, Thomas Annan, Roger Fenton, George Washington Wilson, and others who created stunning images of Scotland’s people and places during the 19th century and established precedents for photographers worldwide.

Exhibition Dates: Sat 16 Nov 2019 – Sun 16 Feb 2020

Cost: Free

Date And Time of Opening Talk: Tuesday 19 November, 6:00-7:00pm

Location: Scottish National Gallery,
Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, UK

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