Picture-perfect spirit of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Tomorrow is your last chance to see the stunning ‘Exposure’ photography exhibition at Central Library.

The 23 images on display capture the imagination and creativity of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on one magnificent canvas.

Capturing colourful moments from recent Tattoo performances, New York-based, Musselburgh born photographer Martin Scott Powell’s work gets under the surface of the showpiece military event with a selection of rarely-seen images from the Tattoo’s collection.

Photographer Martin Scott Powell at Edinburgh Central Library

Photographer Martin Scott Powell at Edinburgh Central Library

Tattoo Chief Executive and Producer, Brigadier David Allfrey said: “Like all spectacular live entertainment, the Tattoo’s images and music pass in a flash for our live audience.  And, although wonderful memories remain, the BBC broadcast the show and we record the soundtrack, capturing the full magic is always challenging.  Across the last 6 decades some wonderful photographs have been taken, each recording the tone and character of their time.  This latest chapter by Martin Scott Powell is truly remarkable – each image tells its own story.  Fabulous!”

Photographer Martin Scott Powell remarked: “Working with the tattoo over the 7 years has been a truly fantastic experience. Since we started our collaboration it was always most important for me to communicate the sheer visual impact of every aspect of the show. From the character faces and impeccable uniforms of the pipe majors, to the rich colour and overwhelming beauty of the finale sequence. The images exhibited as part of this show, for me, aim to explore the magic, the atmosphere and the emotion that we all feel when visiting the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.”

The presentation has been fashioned by Edinburgh design agency, Nexus24.

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