Breaking the News photography competition

Enter Edinburgh Libraries’ Breaking the News photography competition and become part of a community archive of Edinburgh memories.

Show us what’s happening in your area! Take a photograph that tells a story from your neighbourhood. The story can be big or small but should be related to your community.

For example, what is the greatest change happening where you live? What are people interested in locally? What events are taking place?

Aeroplane Enthusiasts 1990s, shared by Living Memory Association on Edinburgh Collected

The competition is free to enter but all submissions must be submitted via Edinburgh Collected (www.edinburghcollected.org) where they will become part of an online community archive for Edinburgh. The image should be titled and can include a text description of up to 1500 characters but the image should really tell the story.

There are fantastic prizes to be won! Enter for a chance to win:
1st prize – afternoon tea for two at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh
2nd prize – afternoon tea for two at the Mercure Hotel, Edinburgh
3rd prize – an Edinburgh Monopoly board game.

Entrants must create an account with Edinburgh Collected to upload your image(s) and add the tag ‘BreakingTheNews’ when uploading entries to the website so that they are identifiable. (Please also read the Edinburgh Collected terms and conditions.)

The competition runs from 1 April to 30 June 2022 and is open to all.

Potterow Port – skaters, shared by arghnothingworks on Edinburgh Collected

This competition is part of a wider project in collaboration with the British Library and the Living Knowledge Network of libraries on the theme of Breaking the News.

Terms and conditions
1. Closing date for entries is 30 June 2022
2. The photograph submitted must be your own work
3. You must agree to Edinburgh Collected terms and conditions
4. The place featured must be within the City of Edinburgh Council boundary
5. Add the tag ‘BreakingTheNews’ to all competition entries
6. There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit, but there will be only one winning entry per participant.

Metamorphic – January 2022 exhibition in the Art and Design Library

The January exhibition in the Art and Design Library is ‘Metamorphic’, a visual meditation using traditional photographic techniques by members of Edinburgh LoFi.

Metamorphism is a process of transformation through which temperature and pressure cause profound physical or chemical changes.

Blue Seam – Stitched cyanotype on fabric by Ali Millar

This process usually refers to geological changes, but Edinburgh LoFi have chosen this theme for their 2022 exhibition as it seems apt both for the profound changes which have overtaken society in the past couple of years and also to refer to the physical and chemical reactions in traditional and alternative process photography.

The Edinburgh LoFi group was started in 2009 at the Beyond Words photography bookshop to promote and explore film photography. The group is now run collectively.

The Devonian North – detail from a Polaroid 600 installation by Elaine Robson

The group meets regularly to share their photography experiences across traditional, alternative and lomographic formats. They also run events, hold workshops and plan exhibitions. New members are always welcome and regular meetings are free to attend. You can find out more on the Edinburgh Lofi website.

Metamorphic runs until 29 January in the Art and Design Library at Central Library.

The Art and Design Library hosts 12 exhibitions a year and we warmly encourage artists who are interested in exhibiting to contact us via central.artanddesign.library@edinburgh.gov.uk for more information. 

Photographing Edinburgh

A new story on Our Town Stories tells the history of photography in Edinburgh using images from Central Library’s unique and world-class photographic collection.

Newhaven fishwives, c1845 by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson

Starting with the mesmerizing pictures by the pioneering photographers of the Edinburgh Calotype Club and the remarkable partnership of David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, this history takes you through the early days of commercial landscape and studio photography.

Family studio portrait, 1905, from Bill Hall’s Family Album
Reproduced by kind permission of William J. Hall

The story moves from the Box Brownie to the digital age and the camera firmly established as an intrinsic part of everyday life. 

New Year’s Day family gathering, 1964
Living Memory Association via Edinburgh Collected (www.edinburghcollected.org)

Read our Photographing Edinburgh story and take a look at Edinburgh through the lens of time!

Exhibitions resume in the Art and Design library

The Art and Design Library is very excited to announce that our programme of exhibitions resumes this month. 

The Cool Sax Man by Mhairi Chambers

Edinburgh Photographic Society are displaying their annual exhibition throughout November. A regular exhibitor, the Society was established in 1861, and has close to 200 members.  Their exhibition features an array of different styles and photographic techniques, including intentional camera movement and polaroid transfer. The exhibition includes examples from the spectrum of photographic genres including portraiture, nature, landscape and street photography. The exhibition runs for four weeks from 1st to 27th November 2021.

Ptarmigan In Deep Snow by David Wolfender

The Art and Design Library hosts 12 exhibitions a year and we encourage artists who are interested in exhibiting to contact us for more information:  central.artanddesign.library@edinburgh.gov.uk

Edinburgh Libraries are marking Holocaust Memorial Day with Edinburgh Collected

Edinburgh Libraries have taken inspiration from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust photography competition (now closed) on the theme of Be the Light in the Darkness to enable us to record pictures and memories on our online community archive, Edinburgh Collected.

We are looking for original images focussing on the people, groups, images and objects which light up the darkness. Photos are immediate and capture the contemporary situation faster than any other creative medium. They also give us extraordinary insight into past events.

Think about what the ‘darkness’ and the ‘light’ have been for you, or for others in the past. How would you capture this in a photo? Who or what has been a source of hope, inspiration or support through dark times?

Photojournalism has been used to document the horrific conditions of concentration camps and the atrocities of genocide and war and has served as a powerful testimony for combatting Holocaust denial.

However, there have also been recent discussions on the inappropriate use of distressing images. Do not try to recreate any images from past conflicts, do not photograph people in distressing situations, instead, focus your image on what has been the light rather than the darkness.

1. Get to know the 2021 Holocaust Memorial Day Be The Light In The Darkness theme and read the life story of a survivor of the Holocaust or one of the more recent genocides on the Holocaust Memorial Day website. You might like to read about the experiences of Mussa, a survivor of the Genocide in Rwanda, who sees his passion for photography as a tool for change.

2. Think about how this theme is relevant to you. What is the ‘darkness’ and what is the ‘light’?

3. Research how other photographers have used themes of light and dark visually in their work for inspiration.

4. Be creative! Make your photo as unique to you or your group as possible. We are looking for original, relevant and diverse images.

5. You can use phone filters if you want to but remember not to use any editing software like Photoshop or Illustrator.

6. Create an account on www.edinburghcollected.org and share your photos on the Be the Light in the Darkness theme.

You can upload in time for Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January, however Edinburgh Collected is there for you all year round.

If you want more information or any help getting started with Edinburgh Collected, please contact informationdigital@edinburgh.gov.uk

The Nine exhibition

A new photography exhibition illustrating the rich diversity of Scotland’s population is now showing in Stockbridge Library until 13 January 2020. The portrait exhibition will feature images of twenty people that were captured for the opening titles of the BBC Scotland channel’s flagship news programme, The Nine.

The library exhibition has been developed as part of a partnership agreement between the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) and BBC Scotland.

Public libraries are at the heart of our communities and are accessible to everyone, making them the perfect place to host this wonderful exhibition. It’s further demonstration of the range of activities on offer in modern libraries.

The Nine exhibition at Stockbridge Library

Next time, it could be you… here’s how to get involved.

Art and Design Library exhibition – November 2019

Edinburgh Photographic Society returns to the Art and Design Library in November with a group exhibition by their members. The exhibition showcases a wide variety of work across a range of photographic genres – including portraiture, nature, still life and landscape. Members of the society work with traditional techniques as well as creative digital photography, so the exhibition will have something for everyone.

A Walk Through Time by Alistair Cowan

The Society are based in the New Town and welcome new members who can participate in courses and attend lectures.  Please visit www.edinburghphotographicsociety.co.uk to find out more.

Gone Fishing by Edinburgh Photographic Society

The exhibition runs from 4 November to 29 November in the Art and Design Library.

October Exhibition – Art and Design Library

The October exhibition in the Art and Design Library is a group show showcasing the work of Edinburgh based artist, Norma Henderson and her father, Forbes Dunn.  Friends, Family and Photography features painting and photographs by the two artists, along with several examples of work by close family friends.

Forbes Dunn (1925-2016) studied Technical Drawing when he left school in 1939 aged 14, going on to a lifelong career as a Technical illustrator & Advisor with the Scottish Gas Board. He was passionate about all aspects of art and was skilled in a range of areas including acrylics, pen & ink and watercolour. He was a member of Musselburgh Art Club for many years and travelled abroad with groups on “Painting Holidays.” He remained an active member of the Art Club until his death in 2016.

Norma Henderson discovered her love for photography early on, thanks to her artist father who gave her a camera when she was 7 years old. She became fascinated with darkroom processes and went on to study photography at Napier University. She made her career with the University of Edinburgh where she worked as a photographic technician for 28 years. She says that, “Art has gone along on a parallel life with my photography – it’s a relaxing hobby.” The exhibition includes examples of her paintings as well as her photography.

The exhibition also includes work by Sue Cavanagh, who has studied art since she was at school with a focus on etching and watercolour, and Mark Douglas, a photographer inspired by his interest in film and television.

“Friends, family and Photography” runs from 3rd to 31st October in the Art and Design Library on George IV Bridge.

Photography exhibition in Central Library

The March exhibition in the Art and Design Library is a group show from the photography collective, Edinburgh LoFi.  The exhibition is titled Almanac and features a wide range of photography using traditional, alternative and lomographic photographic processes.  The exhibition runs from Saturday 2nd – 29th March.

The theme of the exhibition, Almanac, refers to how events gone by in past years herald those forthcoming in the new. In the exhibition, Edinburgh LoFi’s members record the weather, tides, star paths, seasonal events of the past calendar and personal journeys.

The Edinburgh LoFi group was started nine years ago at the Beyond Words photography bookshop in Berwick to promote and explore film photography. They experiment with and utilise many different formats including pinhole cameras, cyanotypes, salt printing and much more. The group meets once a month to share their photography experiences, run events, hold workshops and plan exhibitions. New members are welcome, and meetings are free to attend. Details are on their website http://www.edinburghlofi.com/

 

My Edinburgh photography competition – the winners!

Our three judges from Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh Napier University and Jessops Edinburgh had the tricky job of choosing the 3 winning entries from the dozens of pictures submitted to our photography competition on Edinburgh Collected.

However, after much deliberation, they have agreed on the winning entries. Entries were judged on the combination of image and text describing favourite places in Edinburgh.

You can see all the fantastic entries to the My Edinburgh competition in a scrapbook on on Edinburgh Collected. However our top three are:

1st Prize – The Meadows

Photograph of the Meadows

Hannahgforsyth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Prize – Botanic gardens

Photograph of the Glasshouses at the Botanic Gardens

Padstar78

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Prize – Human Dovecote

Photograph of a block of flats

Lizzy-Dripping

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prizes were kindly donated by Jessops Edinburgh. Canvas prints of the winning entries are awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and the winner will also received a voucher towards a Jessops Academy Photography Course.

Thanks to everyone who entered the competition and submitted their brilliant picture memories to Edinburgh Collected.

 

 

Edinburgh Photobook Club #5

The fifth session (and the last of the season!) of the Edinburgh Photobook Club meets in the Art & Design Library, Central Library on Wednesday June 20 from 6:00pm to 7:50pm.

Jim Goldberg, Open See, Steidl, 2009

During this session, we’ll be looking at how photographs and words interplay in the space of the photobook. Do they contradict each other? Are the texts necessary? Does the photographer use words in the pictures? How are the texts graphically designed (layout, fonts, colour)? If there’s a foreword, is it essential or just something that you usually can’t be bothered reading? Why did the photographer choose that title for his/her project?

Participants are asked to bring their own photobook or choose from the wide selection at the Art & Design Library.

At the beginning of the session, we’ll take 10-15 minutes to look through the selection of books. This will allow everyone to have an idea of the content of the books that will be discussed.

Our hosts are the independent photographer Alan Eglinton and Edinburgh College of Art photography student Alex Hall. This is a free event. If you wish to attend email: alaneglinton@gmail.com

My Edinburgh photography competition 2018

Edinburgh Libraries invites you to submit an entry to the ‘My Edinburgh’ competition on Edinburgh Collected.

Add a photo of your favourite place in Edinburgh to Edinburgh Collected and tell us what makes it special to you.

The photography competition is free to enter but all submissions must be entered via the Edinburgh Collected website (www.edinburghcollected.org) where they will become part of a community archive for Edinburgh.

The competition is open to all, amateurs, enthusiasts, students and professionals alike. Your photo might show the place that offers your favourite view of the city, your favourite park, street, local café or pub. It doesn’t matter, so long as you tell us what makes that place special to you.

Granton Pier by arghnothingworks, 2016 competition winner

Entries will be judged by a panel of experts from Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh Museums and Galleries and Edinburgh Napier University.

Entries will be judged on both their photographic merit and on the accompanying text about your favourite place in Edinburgh.

The deadline for entries is 31 August 2018 and winners will be chosen in September 2018.

Jessops Edinburgh have kindly donated the prizes. We will award a canvas print to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and the winner will also receive a voucher towards a Jessops Academy Photography Course.

Entrants must create an account with Edinburgh Collected to upload your image(s) and use the tag ‘competition18’ when uploading entries to the website so that they are identifiable. (Read the Edinburgh Collected terms and conditions.)

 

Competition terms and conditions
1. Closing date for entries is 31 August 2018
2. The photographs must be your own work
3. You must agree to Edinburgh Collected terms and conditions
4. The place featured must be within the City of Edinburgh Council boundary
5. All competition entries must be tagged ‘competition18’
6. There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit, but there will be only one winning entry per participant

 

Mystery images from the past

In 2016, a former colleague, John, latterly Team Leader at Oxgangs Library, mentioned to us that he had ‘inherited’ some large glass negatives. They had been found in a cupboard in his flat in Claremont Crescent a few years earlier. He didn’t know anything about where the negatives had come from or even what they were of, but their size suggested they must be quite old. Some were broken and he offered us the opportunity to digitise them before they deteriorated further. We’ve brought them together in an exhibition on Capital Collections.

At first glance they didn’t give away any obvious clues. There were several images of gentlemen posing proudly with trophies, others of Army units and nondescript rows of houses.

Bowler with Steeples Trophy

When zooming in on the images small clues began to emerge. A gentleman poses proudly with a trophy, and on it you can just make out the words Musselburgh, Steeples and shield. As there were other images of bowlers, could it be a bowling trophy? Looking up bowling clubs in Musselburgh we discovered that at one time there had been four bowling clubs in Musselburgh. We took a chance and emailed Musselburgh Bowling Club to see if they could help. We received a reply from the club secretary and he confirmed that there was a Steeples Trophy competed for by clubs in the Musselburgh Local Bowling Association. Looking further there was other connections to Musselburgh. One was an image of what we’d thought was a large house or school. A colleague who knows the area saw the image and said “that’s Crolla’s!” A wee bit more digging and we found out that it had once had been Stuart’s Net Mill, situated beside the River Esk and a company which at one time, had employed over 800 people in cotton processing and rope manufacturing.

Stuart’s Net Mill, Musselburgh

There were two other images that looked like they might be of Army units. However, looking closer, you can make out the collar badge and so after a bit more investigation, we discovered that it was a Police unit, the East Lothian (Haddingtonshire) Constabulary.

East Lothian (Haddingtonshire) Constabulary.

Although some of the images have been identified, many haven’t. Some of the group images have the same background, so we assume that they were all taken in the same studio. Although, some like this one below, are taken outside.

Unidentified wedding party

This is where we need your help. You can view all the images, both identified and mystery ones, in an exhibition on Capital Collections.

Do you recognise any of the people or places in the photographs?
If so, please get in touch. You could help us fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle by contacting informationdigital@edinburgh.gov.uk

Edinburgh Photographic Society survey 1912-1914

Edinburgh Photographic Society Section was established in 1899, and over the early years of the 20th century created a collection of photographs of streets and buildings of Edinburgh.

It was proposed that 2 copies of each photograph were created, one to be given to the City of Edinburgh and one to be retained by the Edinburgh Photographic Society.

The images in our latest Capital Collections exhibition feature Ward XIV (George Square) and most of the photos were taken between 1912 and 1914. There were some earlier images collected, but not taken by the EPS Survey Group members.

Many of the photographs feature places that are still very much recognisable today but there are also many that no longer exist.

Do you recognise this area? Taken in 1904 you might be able to spot the street sign that says Tarvit Street. These buildings were probably demolished very shortly after this photograph was taken as two years later the King’s Theatre opened its doors on the site.

Leven Street, east side

The picture below shows an area that has changed quite a bit, well, at least one side of the street! This is looking towards Earl Grey Street and on the corner on the left-hand side, is Central Hall.

Earl Grey Street looking north from Brougham Street

The cottages below were demolished and built on the site that was the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary College. Nowadays it is known simply as Summerhall, an arts hub for theatre, music, art and literary events throughout the year. It even has its own gin distillery and microbrewery.

Cottages, Summerhall

Many would think that somewhere like the Grassmarket with its original old buildings wouldn’t have changed very much. However as you can see, this impressive looking building, the Corn Exchange, is no longer there. It stood on the site that is now the Apex Hotel.

The Corn Exchange , Grassmarket

Visit Capital Collections to see the full set of amazing photographs from the George Square Survey by the members of the Edinburgh Photographic Society.

‘What if?’ Art Library exhibition for July 2017

The latest Art & Design Library exhibition poses the question, ‘What if?’

We know that homelessness is not inevitable. We know that together we can end it. In Crisis’ landmark 50th year, Art in Crisis considers the proposition ‘What If’ through the eyes of their clients, with pieces examining the past, considering the present and looking to the future.

To capture these symbolic images, Crisis clients and local photographer Alicia Bruce were inspired by classic Dutch still life paintings and still life photography.

The Art & Design Library exhibition forms part of Art in Crisis’ national programme of public events presenting compelling, original artwork made by artists experiencing homelessness.

‘What If?’ exhibition by Art in Crisis runs from 4 to 29 July 2017.

 

Art Library exhibition for November

The Edinburgh Photographic Society has regularly held group shows in the Art & Design Library for a number of years and each year they come back with a vivid and thought-provoking exhibition showcasing a wide variety of work by its many members – from studio and portrait photographs, to nature and creative digital photography.

Loup of Fintry by Doug Berndt ARPS

Loup of Fintry by Doug Berndt ARPS

The EPS has an annual programme of courses and lectures, with regular club competitions and extensive facilities at their New Town base. It is a friendly club – always happy to see new faces, so if you’re interested in finding out more please visit www.edinburghphotographicsociety.co.uk for more details and make sure to come along and see the show, running from 1 – 29 November in the Central Art & Design Library.

Myplace: Edinburgh Competition

There are still a few days left to enter the MyPlace: Edinburgh competition.  For inspiration here are some of the entries so far.

David Hume Tower in twilight

David Hume Tower in twilight

Union Canal Edinburgh

Steal Softly Thru Snow

Statue in Garden

Frozen in green

From Blackford Hill

From Blackford Hill

See all the entries in the MyPlace: Edinburgh scrapbook on Edinburgh Collected

Terms and Conditions

The photographs you add are your own work
2 Agree to Edinburgh Collected Terms and Conditions
3 Place or building must be within the City of Edinburgh Council boundary
4 Add the tag ‘competition16’  to your memory to enter the competition
5 Closing date for entries Sunday 10 July

There is still time to visit the Edinburgh Pavilion at the Pop-Up Cities Expo until 17thJuly to see some of the entries!  Follow us at #popupedin

 

Art Library exhibition for July

Edinburgh LoFi’s new exhibition Plastic Colour takes over in the Art and Design Library for July. The exhibition sees the group return to the techniques and technology which inspired their inception. Taking the most basic photographic equipment – a lightproof box and some colour sensitive film – the members have applied imagination and experience to produce a range of exciting new works which push the medium, molding and modelling light.

plasticcolour-monitorThe Edinburgh LoFi group was started seven years ago at the Beyond Words photography bookshop to promote and explore film photography at its most amazing. The group is now run collectively.

The group meets once a month to share their – traditional, alternative and film – photography experiences, run events, hold workshops and plan exhibitions. The exhibition at the Art and Design Library contains work by: Olive Dean, Brittonie Fletcher, Mary Gordon, Alison Millar, Elaine Robson, Judith Rowan, John Sumpter, Graeme Pow, and Leigh Young.

The exhibition runs from 4 – 29 July 2016.

Art Library exhibition for May

May’s exhibition in the Art Library is a lovely collection of photographs by Amelia Modrak.

The Value of RealityAmelia tells us about her work:

I started taking photographs in my late twenties using disposable cameras. I enjoyed taking pictures of landscapes and urban architecture. Later on, in my thirties, I got an Olympus Camera as a farewell gift by my workmates, and I started taking photographs of more things, especially details or things that caused me some type of emotion. Currently, in my forties, I am working on everyday life images that embody the beauty and misery of reality.

Amelia doesn’t digitally enhance or alter any of her images, as she wishes to portray things as they are, hence the exhibition title: The Value of Reality.

The Value of Reality will be on display in the Art & Design Library, 3 – 30 May 2016.

Alternative Urban Landscapes

We love this photograph. It was taken by Louise King, whose work is currently on display in the Art and Design Library.

Louise King Poster Image (2)

Musselburgh-based Louise told us a bit more about herself and her photography:

“I am currently studying at Edinburgh College. For the past couple of years I have been taking pictures to try and show my everyday environment in a more abstract way. I like to use reflection, distortion and space to highlight my subjects and challenge the viewer.

Most of my images are taken in and around Edinburgh, but also include Glasgow, Liverpool, and London.

I will take a picture of anything, anywhere, using any method that I can-if I notice something unusual or striking I want to try and record it. I enjoy trying to uncover the unusual in the everyday – a building captured in a puddle, or a reflection on a wet pavement. There is so much we miss when we are so familiar with our surroundings, but there is always a different perspective there, waiting to be found.”

Alternative Urban Lansdscapes will be on show in the Art and Design Library until 29 March.