Robin Gillanders

Ian Hamilton Finlay

 in his garden  -  'Little Sparta'

Photograph by Robin Gillanders  -  Ian Hamilton Finlay in his garden at Little Sparta

©  Robin Gillanders

Robin Gillanders


Edinburgh Photographic Society

Robin Gillanders joined Edinburgh Photographic Society at a time when Gracie Alison Hon FRPS had been Secretary for many years.

Gracie was renowned for her portrait photography, but Robin soon established his own reputation for portraiture.

Edinburgh Photographic Society published 7 of Robin's pictures in its February 1973 Bulletin, explaining: "We have decided to run a short series of sets of pictures by members and our first contributor is Robin Gillanders - he is a new member this season."

Since 1974, Robin has been giving lectures to EPS - a total of 15 lectures, one of the most recent being the 'Grace Alison Memorial Lecture' in October 2003.

Robin also gave lectures to the EPS Creative Group in the 1970s, and demonstrations to the EPS Studio Group in the 1980s.

He was one of the selectors for the EPS International Exhibition in 1982 and again in 1990.

Napier University

Robin has been a freelance photographer in fashion and advertising and is best known for his portrait photographer.  He is now Senior Lecturer in photography at Napier University, Edinburgh.


Robin's Exhibition 'Little Sparta' featured the garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay in Lanarkshire, Scotland, a garden where words are placed in the landscape to form works of art.

Ian Hamilton Finlay

Photograph by Robin Gillanders  -  Ian Hamilton Finlay in his garden at Little Sparta

©  Robin Gillanders

This exhibition was first shown at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh then went on international tour.

Robin's most recent exhibition 'The Philosopher's Garden', came to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in September 2005 after having been shown in Paris and Glasgow. 

The exhibition features the garden at Ermonville that inspired the writings of the French Enlightenment philosopher, Jean-Jacques Rousseau.   Rousseau's writings inspired Ian Hamilton Finlay.  Robin's exhibition is a tribute to Rousseau and Finlay.


Robin has work in the collections of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Polaroid UK, Victoria and Albert Museum and numerous private collections.


Robin's books include:

-  Little Sparta  (National Galleries of Scotland, 1998)  ISBN 090359885X

-  The Photographic Portrait (David & Charles, 2004)  ISBN 0-71531-652-4

-  The Philosopher¹s Garden (National Galleries of Scotland, 2005) ISBN 1903278643


EPS Members