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Festival: St Andrews Photography Festival / 1-30 September 2017

The second edition of the St Andrews Photography Festival opens on 1 September. The full programme is available here.

Of particular note to photo-historians are: 

  • 40th anniversary of Stills Gallery. Stills is presenting a display of exhibition posters from its archive. Dating from 1977 to the present day, these chart the organisation’s rich and diverse programmes of exhibitions over the last 40 years. In that time, Stills has brought work by many of the world’s most celebrated and historically important photographers to Edinburgh for the first time for Scottish audiences to discover and enjoy at home.
  • Calotype views of St Andrews / Robert Douglas. Using the methods and Chemistry described by Dr John Adamson combined with Victorian lenses, Robert Douglas the “21st century Calotypist” brings you Calotype Views of St Andrews harking back to the infancy of photography before the art became industrialised. These were produced during the course of several visits to St Andrews each image taking many hours to produce. They are the result of much research, effort and passion.
  • Valentines Scottish Islands. This exhibition gives a flavour of how the postcard firm of Valentine & Sons depicted the Hebridean Islands of Scotland during the period 1890 to 1960. Valentine’s postcards and photographs of any place was driven by what they thought would sell to the public and this lead to a different depiction of the country to the tourist view we have today. Many of the images taken and made into postcards are of the towns and villages of the islands and transport as well as the more recognisable tourist attractions of the countryside, castles and ancient monuments. The images in this exhibition thus reflect the commercial and social values of the times and the purpose the images served in being a souvenir to send home, or a photograph to show on returning home in a time when few people had cameras.
  • The Kinnairds of Rossie Priory.  Rossie Priory is a country house and estate to the north of Inchture. An early calotype photographic studio was established here for George Kinnaird, 9th Lord Kinnaird with the assistance of Thomas Rodger around 1850. These images represent a wonderful array of early photographic practitioners posing at Rossie Priory with their apparatus, portraits of gentlemen and ladies in period attire, key figures from Scotland’s early photographic circle, and the darkrooms at Rossie Priory.
  • plus a range of talks, demonstrations and events

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