ABOUT THIS BOOK
Scottish Photography: The First Thirty Years
By (author) Sara Stevenson; By (author) A. D. Morrison-Low
In the middle of the nineteenth century a sympathetic relationship between art, science and technology laid the groundwork for photography to flourish, including camera obscura and the panorama. This is a lavishly produced book on the eventful first thirty years of photography in Scotland – around 1840 – 70. The photographers whose work is discussed include David Octavius Hill, Robert Adamson, James Valentine, Thomas Annan and George Washington Wilson plus practitioners not previously mentioned in any publication. Julia Margaret Cameron’s encounter with Scotland is also described as is the work of Scottish photographers abroad.
Dr Sara Stevenson was chief curator at the National Galleries of Scotland for 36 years and was responsible for building and developing the Scottish National Photography Collection. Dr A. D. Morrison-Low is Principal Curator, Historic Scientific Instruments and Photography, National Museums Scotland. She is also the author of Photography: A Victorian Sensation, the guide to the exhibition of the same name, National Museums Scotland 19 June – 22 November 2015.