The display features more than 30 photographs from a treasure trove of images that the BBC recently described as, “one of the most significant photography collections in decades”.
Showcasing 75 years of dramatic transformation and innovation, the exhibition brilliantly transports the audience back to a period of changing rural communities, growing cities and enduring historic sites. Scottish life and achievement are celebrated through photographs of landscapes, transport, working life and leisure by many of Scotland’s important historical photographers such as James Craig Annan, George Washington Wilson and James Valentine.
Acquired jointly with the National Library of Scotland with assistance from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Scottish Government and Art Fund, The MacKinnon Collection contains more than 14,000 photographs. The collection was developed by photography enthusiast Murray MacKinnon, who ran a successful chain of film-processing stores in the 1980s, starting from his pharmacy in Dyce, near Aberdeen.
Sir John Leighton, Director General of the National Galleries of Scotland, said: “The MacKinnon Collection allows audiences the chance to be transported back to a century of change and growth. It is not only a fascinating look at historical Scottish life that sits just on the edge of living memory, but also an important showcase of the innovative progression of photography in Scotland.”
Dr John Scally, National Librarian, said: “Scotland has a special relationship with photography which dates back to the work of early pioneers in the 1840s. The remarkable MacKinnon Collection tracks that unique connection between Scotland and photography through its 14,000 pictures spanning 100 years. The exhibition presents a stunning selection of images which will spark memories and emotional connections in every visitor. It is truly Scotland’s photograph album.”
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