Information and discussion on all aspects of British photographic history
The first annual St Andrews Photography Festival, which is set to celebrate the role and legacy of the town’s pioneers of photography from August 1, has revealed details of its headlining exhibitions and events.
UPDATED: The full programme can be downloaded here (PDF).
BID St Andrews – the business improvement body created in January to support businesses in the town – has been working with the University of St Andrews and local businesses to create the new annual festival of photography to celebrate the role and importance of the town in the origins of the art and showcase the Scottish photography which has become part of the legacy of the pioneers who were based in St Andrews.
Dr John Adamson is perhaps the most celebrated early amateur photographer as he taught his brother Robert Adamson, who went on to form the seminal documentary partnership with David Octavius Hill, as well as Thomas Rodger - who set up the first photographic studio in St Andrews while still on 16 or 17 years old in 1849. But many other names are to be celebrated for the role they played, including Sir Hugh Lyon Playfair, David Octavius Hill, Robert Adamson, Thomas Rodger and Sir David Brewster.
The first six-week-long festival – from August 1 to September 11 - will see events and exhibitions focus on the earliest days of photography in St Andrews as well as the pioneers’ legacy in Scottish documentary photography since.
The festival will put some of the photographic archive highlights of the University of St Andrews Library Special Collections on show, as well as creating a showcase for contemporary Scottish photography.
Thirteen local businesses, including cafés and restaurants, are hosting exhibitions alongside six more conventional venues. There will also be workshops to demonstrate a variety of early photographic processes including calotype and collodion, talks and events for photographers of all ages and levels.
The exhibition highlights include:
The extensive events programme includes:
There will also be a series of talks by notable photo historians including: Dr A.D. Morrison-Low, Research Associate, National Museums Scotland, on the work of Dr John Adamson; Dr Sara Stevenson, former Chief Curator of the Scottish National Photography Collection; Professor Elizabeth Edwards of De Montfort University and David Bruce former director of the Scottish Film Council.
For sweet-toothed fans of historic photography, local Royal Warrant-holding bakers and confectioners Fisher & Donaldson are creating 'cartes-de-biscuite' – chocolate versions of the Cartes-de-visite photographic calling cards used by Victorian society – as well as chocolate ‘stereo-bars’ - bars of chocolate with images of St Andrews and can be viewed in 3D.
BID St Andrews Chair, Alistair Lang, says: “This festival is about celebrating the gift St Andrews’ photographic pioneers gave to the world and acknowledging the Scottish photography since their day which has become part of their legacy through being inspired by their work.
“We want everyone to be a part of this unique festival which will become a regular fixture in the town’s calendar, whether in person or via social media and the Web.
“The festival will provide an opportunity for businesses across the town to get involved and interact with customers in new ways.
“We gratefully acknowledge and thank the University and Fife Council for their support in creating this event.”
Festival Organiser Rachel Nordstrom (Photographic Collections Manager, University of St Andrews Library, Special Collections Division) says: “Thanks to a close friendship between William Henry Fox Talbot, the inventor of the photographic negative, and Sir David Brewster, Principal of the United Colleges in St Andrews, photography first arrived in Scotland by way of St Andrews. The new medium was then taken up with great enthusiasm across the country.
“While most people think of St Andrews as the home of golf, or the home of an ancient university, there is a rich photographic history which is often overlooked by many visitors. Our aim is to expand on what St Andrews has to offer for both visitors and locals.
“Over the past three years we have seen a resurgence in Scotland for the appreciation for historic and contemporary photography. Our aim is to build on this but highlight the vital role St Andrews played in the earliest days of photography, and the role Scotland played for the following 175 years.
“I am extremely excited to be involved in this joint project between the town and the University which highlights an important part of local heritage and celebrates a long line of talented Scottish photographers.”
The St Andrews Photography Festival will run from 1 August to 11 September 2016.
For latest details as they’re revealed, go to the Festival Facebook page at www.facebook.com/StAndPhotoFest/
Calum Colvin RSA OBE
Born in Glasgow in 1961, Calum Colvin is a practitioner of painting, sculpture and photography who graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Photography in 1985. He brings these disciplines together in his unique style of 'constructed photography'- assembling tableaux of objects which are then painted and photographed.
His work has been exhibited worldwide for the last 30 years and can be found in major collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, The Tate Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow. A winner of one of the first Creative Scotland Awards in 2000, he was awarded an OBE the same year and is Professor of Fine Art Photography and Programme Director at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee.
Exhibition venue – The Adamson Cocktail Bar
Talk and Artist Evening – August 3, 5.30pm at The Adamson - Calum Colvin will talk through his working processes for the items on display at The Adamson.
Information - www.calumcolvin.com
Formed in 2012, Document Scotland is a collective of Scottish documentary photographers - Colin McPherson, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, Sophie Gerrard and Stephen McLaren - brought together by a common vision to witness and photograph the important and diverse stories within Scotland in the lead up to the Scottish Independence Referendum, one of the most important times in the nation’s history.
Exhibition venue – Railings along The Scores
Information - www.documentscotland.com
David Peat (1947-2012) was an award-winning Scottish documentary-maker, cinematographer and photographer. The roots of his photography lie in the classic street photography genre. Continually inspired by the masters of this art and their skill at seeing and hunting a meaningful image within a moment in time. Special Collections Division of St. Andrews University Library acquired the David Peat Archive in 2014.
Exhibition venue – Cafe in the Square.
Talk – September 10, 5.30pm at The Byre Theatre - The Street Wise Photography of David Peat by David Bruce FRPS, a former Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Scottish Film Council.
Information - http://www.davidpeatphotography.com
Harry Papadopoulos, born in 1954 in Helensburgh, is a self-taught Press photographer whose interest was inspired by taking photographs at gigs in the late 1970s. His images from 1979-1984, when he was a staff photographer for the legendary music weekly Sounds, capture the post-punk era when Scotland was at the epicentre of the independent music boom. His archive sits at Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow.
Exhibition venue – The Vic
Information - http://www.streetlevelphotoworks.org/event/whatpresence
Born in Manchester and raised in London, after graduating from St Andrews University with an MA in Moral Philosophy in 1977 Franki Raffles made her home in Scotland, first on the Isle of Lewis and later in Edinburgh, where she quickly established herself as a leading feminist social documentary photographer. Franki’s powerful images for the Edinburgh District Council Zero Tolerance campaign, which began in 1992 and highlighted awareness of domestic and sexual abuse against women, were subsequently used throughout Scotland, the UK and internationally as the campaign gained adoption further afield.
Exhibition venue – Old Union Coffee Shop
Alicia Bruce studied Photography, Film and Imaging at Edinburgh Napier University, graduating in 2006. Her photographs have been presented internationally and won several artists’ residencies and bursaries. Many are represented in several public and private collections, including the National Galleries of Scotland photography collection.
Exhibition venue – Luvian’s Cafe
Portraiture Workshop - August 24, 10am at Eden Mill Tasting Room
Talk and Portfolio Presentation - September 7, 5.30pm at Martyrs Kirk - Menie: TRUMPED Project by Alicia Bruce
Information - http://www.aliciabruce.co.uk/projects/menietrumped/
Robert Moyes Adam
Pioneer Robert Moyes Adam (1885-1967) was Scotland’s foremost landscape photographer. His work is known from Scotsman Calendars, The Scots Magazine and many books from the 1930s and ‘40s.
Exhibition venue –The Doll’s House
Talk - August 9, 5.30pm, The Byre Theatre – Dr Pete Moore, who has researched Adam's work for years, will describe his life and work.
Scotland Through The Lens: 175 Years of Scottish Photography
50 prints from University of St Andrews Library’s Special Collections archive on display at Gateway Galleries, North Haugh tell the story of documentary photography from the earliest days up to present.
Exhibition venue – Gateway Galleries, Opens September 1.
Information - http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/museum/exhibitions/future/
Thomas Rodger (1833-1888) set up the first purpose-built photographic studio on St Mary’s Place in St Andrews in 1849 while still only 16 or 17 years old. Rodger was taught photography by Dr John Adamson.
Exhibition venue – University Careers Centre.
August 1, 5.30pm, Talk - Dr John Adamson: Photography in St Andrews before 1870, The Byre Theatre - Dr A.D. Morrison-Low, Research Associate, National Museums Scotland, will discuss the work of Dr John Adamson - one of St Andrews’s first photographers, whose work is perhaps not as well-known as it might be.
August 2, 10am, Early processes Demonstration, Pop-Up Darkroom – Contemporary calotype artist Rob Douglas will demonstrate three of the earliest photographic processes: the calotype, the lucotype and the photogenic drawing.
August 11, 5.30pm, Talk - Travels in Morocco with Hamish Brown, Martyrs Kirk – Dr Hamish Brown, Scottish mountaineer, photographer and writer has spent several months every year for more than five decades walking the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, photographing the landscape and people of the region.
August 20, 10am, Family History Collections Day, Martyrs Kirk - An event for local families to bring their photos and have Rachel Nordstrom, Photographic Collections Manager at the University Library, explain their technical background, historical importance and discuss the proper long-term care of personal collections.
August 25-27, 10.30am, Outdoor Victorian Tintype Studio, Pop-Up Darkroom – Have your photograph taken as people would have in the 1880s. Richard Cynan Jones will take your photo and demonstrate the collodion process in an Outdoor Victorian Tintype Studio.
September 3, 11am-4pm, ‘Become a Street Photographer’ youth workshop, Gateway Galleries, North Haugh - Do you want your photos to tell a story? Let local photographer Carolyn Scott give you tips to set on y becoming a better storyteller with your photos! Free Event is aimed at young people aged 13-17 years.
September 9, 5.30pm, In Sunshine and In Shadows - Literary Readings inspired by the work of Hill & Adamson, Martyrs Kirk - Award-winning writer and St Andrews graduate Ali Bacon creates stories from the calotypes of Hill and Adamson and lends a voice to those who sat for them. Presented with the illustrations from the University Special Collections which inspired them.
September 10, 5.30pm, Talk - The Street Wise Photography of David Peat, The Byre Theatre – David Bruce FRPS is a former director of the Scottish Film Council presents the social documentary photography of Davie Peat.
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