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We explore the science, technology and art of the still and moving image, and its impact on our lives.

What do Scottish photographs look like: Part 2

From X-Rays to Pagodas: Scottish photography isn’t (exclusively) tartan or covered in heather.

July 8, 2014 · 4 Comments

What do Scottish photographs look like?

Surely Scottish photography would be photographs by Scots, of Scots, in Scotland, wouldn’t it? But of course nothing is ever straightforward, so why should Scottish photography be any different?

July 1, 2014 · 2 Comments

Martin Parr: “I didn’t court controversy.”

Martin Parr and Susie Parr discuss controversy, their careers, social media’s impact on photography and Tony Ray-Jones’s influence.

May 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Ukraine crisis echoes Fenton’s early war photography in Crimea

As the unsettling images of the Ukraine crisis make their way to our TV screens, Brian Liddy is reminded of the first systematically photographed conflict.

March 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Flickr Favourites #2 – the best of The Commons

Our curators have chosen their favourite photographs from the latest additions to The Commons on Flickr – wheels at sea, an early colour photographer, and an intriguing photograph of a dog and his best friend.

March 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Photographing Conflict part 2: Australian Photographs of World War I

For the second segment of our Remembrance Day two-part post, we’ve chosen a series of images of Australian servicemen photographed during the First World War.

November 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Photographing Conflict: Roger Fenton and the Crimean War

Today we remember those that died on the battlegrounds of World War I and II, and all members of the armed forces who have ever given their lives in the … Continue reading

November 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Did you enjoy Bonfire Night? So did these pyro-enthusiasts and enablers

I can deduce from the incessant bangs and fizzles, and the scent of fire and sulphur filling the air since last week, that many a Bonfire Night celebration has been … Continue reading

November 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

B is for… Brownie, the camera that democratised photography

Simple design, mass production, and lifelong customers – it’s easy to see why George Eastman was determined to bring photography within reach of everyone with the Brownie camera.

October 26, 2012 · 1 Comment

Beatlemania in the Collection: Marking 50 years since the release of ‘Love Me Do’

The photographic archive of the Daily Herald newspaper comprises over 3 million photographs from 1911 to the mid-1960s, and offers a fascinating record of local, national and international events. One … Continue reading

October 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

A is for… Frederick Scott Archer, the inventor of the wet-collodion process

Frederick Scott Archer’s discovery revolutionised photography by introducing a process which was far superior to any then in existence, yet he was to die just six years later in poverty.

October 3, 2012 · 2 Comments

We’re on board for Ask a Curator Day 2012

Wednesday 19th September 2012 is Ask a Curator Day. Museums around the globe are opening their doors to the Twittersphere so you can ask a Curator anything you want. We … Continue reading

September 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

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