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"The Art of Documentary"
2000-05-26 until 2000-09-03
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
UK United Kingdom
The Scottish involvement with documentary photography goes back to the
photographs taken by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson of the fishermen
and women of the Firth of Forth in the 1840s. This extraordinary pioneer work was
arguably the origin of the photo-essay of the twentieth century, offering us a view of
the working lives of the village of Newhaven.
The enthusiasm for documentary photography - the study of people and societies -
continues to be important in Scottish practice. This exhibition focuses on groups of
photographs by a number of photographers, working in and from Scotland, in the
last forty years. It includes work by Chick Chalmers, John Charity, Catriona Grant,
Tricia Malley, Oscar Marzaroli, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, David Williams, and looks
at a range of practice from the intimacy of the family to the distance of street