Institute for Photography in Scotland

Centres of Excellence

The IPS currently includes some of Scotland's formally constituted bodies which exhibit, collect or conserve photography. It is open to new members and will also co-opt new organisations.

Stills, Edinburgh

Stills is a centre for photography based in Edinburgh. Our courses, education workshops, gallery exhibitions, digital production facilities and photographic darkrooms provide opportunity and support for the discovery, enjoyment, exploration and understanding of photography in all its contexts and forms. We are a registered charity that was established in 1977 by photographers wanting to build upon the historical importance of Edinburgh as a place where 19th Century developments in photography were pioneered. Over the years, our critically acclaimed exhibition programme has included presentations of work by some of the most celebrated photographers of the 20th and 21st centuries, including: Diane Arbus, Robert Mapplethorpe, Man Ray, Martha Rosler, Sebastião Salgado, John Stezaker, Paul Strand and Wolfgang Tillmans.

www.stills.org

Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow

Street Level provides inspiring encounters in photography for all; a place that is embedded locally and connected internationally; a creative setting to make, engage with, and buy photography.  2014 marked its 25th year. 

Street Level is a gallery and an open access photographic production facility committed to quality and equality across activity. We provide a high quality artistic programme in the city of Glasgow that is challenging and accessible, local and international, diverse and highly individual. Our programme’s reach is also extended through a growing partnership network of local, regional and national venues that we provide exhibitions for. We also devise and deliver education and outreach projects, which forge paths for lifelong learning and increase access to the arts for all who want to participate.

www.streetlevelphotoworks.org

Photography at the National Galleries of Scotland

The photography collection of the National Galleries of Scotland was established in 1984 and is largely based at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Its formation reflected the increased significance accorded to early photography, in particular the Gallery’s archive of calotype portraits by Robert Adamson and David Octavius Hill. Their collaboration between 1843 and 1847 is considered a highpoint of technical and aesthetic invention in photography and a vital historical marker of the forging of Scottish modernity. Today the Adamson and Hill collection amounts to over 6,000 photographs and is one of the largest and most important holdings of early photography in the world.

The collection has grown to around 40,000 objects, split between the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and ARTIST ROOMS. It reflects the historical diversity of analogue photography, as both art and document, as well as the growing influence of digital media.

www.nationalgalleries.org

The University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow has extensive collections of photographs and books about photography, illustrating developments from the earliest images by William Henry Fox Talbot through to the 20th century. Of international importance are nearly 500 calotype negatives by the pioneering partnership of David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, active in the 1840s. This collection of their work, which also includes over 400 salted paper prints, is second in size and significance only to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. We also hold fascinating examples of professional and amateur work, as well as significant numbers of photographs in the archives of, for example, the artists James McNeill Whistler, James Paterson and Jessie M King.

www.gla.ac.uk/services/specialcollections

The University of St Andrews

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The University of St Andrews is home to the largest photographic collection in Scotland, comprising over one million photographs including some of the nation’s earliest surviving prints, albums, and negatives. St Andrews is where Scotland’s earliest photographers pioneered the medium's potential as an art, science, and commercial craft which documents both the physical and cultural transformation of Scotland from the 1840s to the present day.

The Library’s Special Collections Division continues actively to expand its collection to redefine and strengthen its holdings in social documentary, topographic and vernacular photography by contemporary and twentieth century photographers. This world-class collection is accessible to all for research and discovery both in-person and through its dedicated website.

University of St Andrews Library Photographic Collection