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GARDNER, Alexander

b. Paisley. (1821 – 1882) Photographer. Best known for his photographs of Abraham Lincoln and the American Civil War.

ADAMSON, John (1809-1870) Physician and Photographer

He produced the first calotype portrait in Scotland in 1841, and explained the process to his brother Robert Adamson , who went on to form the renowned photographic partnership with David Octavius Hill.

ADAMSON, Robert (1821-1848)

In 1843 he established his pioneering studio on Calton Hill, Edinburgh.

AITCHISON, John (Wildlife Photographer)

Grew up in Portsmouth where his Scottish father introduced him photography. Now lives with his wife and children in Argyll.

ALLAN, Doug (Wildlife Photographer)

Dunfermline born Allan’s work  has brought him five Baftas and four Emmy awards. He has also won  two Polar Medals and the BAS Fuchs Medal. He has made major contributions to Life in the Freezer, Blue Planet, Frozen Planet, A Boy Among Polar Bears and Planet Earth.

ANDERSON, Doug (Wildlife Photographer)

Born Glasgow, Scotland. Learned underwater skills and began to take wildlife photographs on the isle of Arran.  Major contributions to The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Life and Frozen Planet.


Born Glasgow, Scotland. He has photographed every US President since Dwight D Eisenhower.

BREMNER, Fred (1863-1941)

Left home in Banff, Scotland in 1883, and spent the next 40 years capturing images of Imperial India from tradesmen to aristocrats.

BUCHANAN, Gordon (Wildlife Photographer)

Scottish wildlife photographer who grew up on the Isle of Mull

CARRICK, William (1827-1888) Father of Russian Photography

Born Edinburgh, Scotland.

DICKSON, William Kennedy (1860-1935) 35 mm Film and Motion Picture Camera

Born in Brittany, France, to Scottish parents. He invented the first practical celluloid film and decided that the size should be 35 mm, which became a world standard and is still in use today. He also devised an early motion picture camera.

EUSTACE, David (b 1961)

David, born in Glasgow, Is a famous Scottish photographer best known for his fashion, art and portrait work. He was appointed Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University in 2015.

FINLAYSON, James (1887-1953) Actor

Born Larbert, by Falkirk, Scotland.

GARDENER, Alexander (1821-1882)

Born Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. Emigrated to the United States in 1856. Famous for his photographs of the American Civil War and portraits of Abraham Lincoln.

GILLANDERS, Robin (b 1952)

Born and still resident Edinburgh, Scotland. Famed particularly for his fine portraits. Was official photographer at the opening of the Scottish Parliament.

GRIERSON, John (1898-1972) Considered to be the father of British and Canadian Documentary Films

Born near Doune, Scotland, he coined the word documentary in 1926.

Hill & Adamson. Founders of Documentary Photography

From their studio at the Rock House on Calton Hill, Edinburgh between 1843 and 1845 they undertook an extensive project making 130 calotype images of fishermen and women at Newhaven. In so doing they became the founders of Documentary photography.

HILL, David Octavius (1802-1870)

He was an artist who founded the Hill & Adamson Studio in Edinburgh with engineer and photographer Robert Adamson. They conducted pioneering work on many aspects of photography.

MARZAROLI, Oscar (1933-1988) Photographer

Born in Italy, he arrived in Scotland at the age of two. He became famous for his iconic images of Glasgow and its people.

MAXWELL, James Clerk FRSE, FRS. (1831-1879) First Colour Phoography

In 1855 he presented a paper on colour photography to the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Based on his theory contained in that paper he demonstrated the first ever colour photography to the Royal Institution in 1861.

MCLAREN, Norman (1914-1987) Oscar Winning Film Director

Born Stirling, Scotland, and studied at Glasgow School of Art (GSA).

PHILLIPS, Charlie. 2012 Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year

Much of his work is as a field officer in WDC (Whale and Dolphin Conservation) with the resident population of dolphins in  the Moray Firth.

SMITH, Mark (Wildlife Photographer)

VALENTINE, George Dobson (1852-1890) Photography in New Zealand

Born Dundee, Scotland, son of James Valentine. He became a leading photographer in Scotland but emigrated to New Zealand in 1884. He left a substantial body of work there particularly on the country’s topography.

WALLACE, “Glasweegee” “Dougie” Douglas

Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. He is best known for his expressive social documentary and street photographs. He is shortlisted for the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.

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