‘Document Scotland’: new collective of four Scottish documentary photographers

One of the participants on Photofusion’s New Creative Markets programme, Sophie Gerrard, is a founder of a new photography collective with 3 others, called ‘Document Scotland’.

Colin McPherson, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, Sophie Gerrard and Stephen McLaren are four Scots-born photographers, each exponents of documentary photography in our own individual ways. We have lived and worked extensively both at home and abroad. Our work has been published in the pages of some of the most important international magazines, we have won numerous awards and exhibited internationally. We are passionate about documentary photography and we are committed to photographing Scotland.”

© Document Scotland, ‘Seeing Ourselves’

Document Scotland are delighted to announce that to coincide with their first collaborative group exhibition (on show at FOTOSPACE Gallery in Fife, Scotland, ‘Seeing Ourselves’, they have published a newspaper showcasing the fine documentary photography work from the show.

A certain amount of the papers will be available for free at the gallery and exhibition, to thank you for making the effort to come along and see the show, but for those of you unable to travel to Fife for the show the paper can be bought online: http://www.documentscotland.com/seeing-ourselves-newspaper/

The work on show, and in the newspaper, will feature photography by the four founding members of Document Scotland (Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, Colin McPherson, Stephen McLaren and Sophie Gerrard), along with work by six contemporary photographers working in Scotland – Radek Nowacki, Jenny Wicks, Martin Hunter, Giulietta Verdon-Roe, Sarah Amy Fishlock and Robert Ormerod.

“In the period during which all four of us have been working, Scotland has undergone great change. The monolithic industrial age is behind us. We have moved into the realm of devolved Government with a Scottish Parliament established to represent an increasingly diverse and multicultural nation. Photography too has changed, historically photography has always been a means of communicating ideas, now, with vast technological advances, our visual culture can be disseminated instantly and democratically to a globally audience. We are excited to be documentary photographers making work in Scotland at this pivotal and dynamic time.

Scotland today stands at a decisive moment in its history. Events over the next few years will shape how we relate to neighbours and to the wider world. Document Scotland believe that photography can and should play a central part in documenting this epoch. Our aspiration is to make work and engage in a discourse which will form a vital component of the history and conversation of our nation tomorrow. We hope to leave a visual document, a testimony to the extraordinary times we are living in.”

For more info visit: www.documentscotland.com