The Scottish National Portrait Gallery's
collection of photographs has increased from 5,000 items in 1984 to 34,000
exhibition includes a wide range of
acquisitions in recent years from historic to modern photographs.
Historic photographs include a display of photos
taken in the first three decades of the 20th century by:
- Sir James Stewart Lockhart
(1858-1937) who spent more than 40 years in Hong Kong and China and
became Registrar General for Hong Kong then Commissioner of Weihaiwei,
- Reginald Johnston using a Box Brownie camera.
Reginald Johnston, son of a Morningside solicitor,
became tutor to the last Emperor of China
- several unidentified Chinese
These photos are from the Stewart Lockhart
Collection of over 4,000 photographs and 500 paintings on loan from
George Watson's College to the National Galleries of Scotland.
There are also photographs (c.1869-1897) by the
Fife photographer, Robert Terras.
Recent photographs includes a series of large images made by Paul Kenny
directly from seaweed, seawater, plastic and other materials found on the
beach. These finds have been allowed to dry and crystallise before
being exposed under the enlarger to produce the 'one-off' images.