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Exhibition: Andrew Paterson portraits / FLOW Photography Festival, Inverness

An exhibition of 14 portraits by Andrew Paterson are on display at the Inverness College UHI until 30 September, as part of the 2017 FLOW Photography Festival. They can be seen in the second floor library/art gallery. 

Andrew Paterson (1877-1948) was an internationally renowned, multi-award winning artist-photographer, whose studio was based in Inverness from 1897 until his death in 1948 (then taken over by his son Hector until 1980). Paterson’s services were sought over several decades by many leading political and commercial figures of the day. The Glasgow Daily Record noted that “his portraits have been regarded as setting new standards of excellence in the expression of character.” His portrait photography was exhibited widely at home and abroad during his life-time, and there was a day in the 1920s when Andrew’s son Hector answered a knock at the studio door to be confronted by a tall lean man with a long grey bushy beard. He asked if Mr Paterson was in “because I want to be photographed.” It was George Bernard Shaw.

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