Committee

Blake Milteer

Blake Milteer is a curator of photography for the National Galleries of Scotland where he oversees the MacKinnon Collection, a shared collection of photographs between NGS and the National Library of Scotland. Prior, he was Curator of Photographic Collections at the National Library of Scotland where he completed the first comprehensive survey of NLS’s extensive photographic holdings.

Before relocating to Scotland, Blake served as Museum Director and Chief Curator at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and as Curatorial Assistant for the Denver Art Museum’s Modern and Contemporary Art department. He has also been an adjunct professor for the University of Colorado and his writing has been published in numerous artist monographs and exhibition catalogues.

Blake holds an MA in art history/museum studies from the University of Denver, and a BFA in fine art/photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Blake Milteer

Cathy Marsden

Cathy Marsden is a specialist in Rare Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Photography at Lyon & Turnbull Auctioneers. She has worked with images by photographers such as Thomas Annan, Hill & Adamson and Julia Margaret Cameron, alongside collections of early travel photography, and archives of family history.

Cathy studied Art History and Museum & Gallery Studies at the University of St Andrews, before moving to Edinburgh in 2012.

Cathy Marsden

Aayushi Gupta

Aayushi Gupta is a practising artist with a particular interest in critical writing on photography. Both her works and research are primarily interdisciplinary between photography, literature and philosophy. Her key concerns are understanding the evolution of various forms that media-based technologies have led to since their introduction to society; and further speculating what the future of photography will be, now that the digital image and Web 2.0 are overpowering various photographic practices.

Aayushi Gupta

Noni Stacey

Noni Stacey’s PhD, Community Photography: Radicalism and a Culture of Protest in the London-based Photography Collectives of the 1970s, was funded through the Arts and Humanities Research Council and awarded in December 2017 from University of the Arts London. Her research focuses on the intersection between photography and politics.

She completed an MA in the history and theory of photography at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in 2010 (awarded Distinction, 2011). Before returning to education, she worked as a freelance picture editor and researcher for publications such as Guardian Weekend MagazineThe Guardian and The Independent on Sunday. Noni has also worked as a TV news producer and journalist.

Noni Stacey

Ben Reiss

Ben Reiss is the Morton Photography Project Curator with the National Trust for Scotland. He works to preserve, research and increase engagement with the 50,000 photographs held at Trust properties across the country.

Ben studied Art History and Medieval History at the University of St Andrews, and has a background in curation and collections management. He has worked with ceramics at the Middleport Pottery in Stoke, planes at Brooklands in Surrey, fossils at the Hunterian in Glasgow and helped install the Science and Art & Design galleries at the National Museum of Scotland before joining the Trust.

Ben Reiss

John Pelan

John Pelan  has worked in the culture and heritage sectors in Scotland for over twenty-five years, including as Director of the Scottish Civic Trust.  He is currently Director of the Scottish Council on Archives and works with a wide range of partners to advocate the importance and impact of Scotland’s archival collections which include documents, photographs and moving images.

John is passionate about all aspects of photography, historical and contemporary.  He is particularly keen on using archival and photographic collections to engage with a diverse audience and help in areas such as dementia and mental health.

www.johnpelan.com

John Pelan

Louise Pearson

Louise Pearson is Curator (Photography) at the National Galleries of Scotland. She helps to care for and promote Scotland’s national collection of photography which contains over 40,000 images dating from the 1840s to the present day.

Louise studied Art History and Museum Studies at the University of St Andrews before working for Royal Collection Trust and the National Library of Scotland. She was the co-curator of the 2017 exhibition Shadows of War: Roger Fenton’s Photographs of the Crimea.

Louise Pearson

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton has, for over three decades,  worked in the field of art and ecology. His principal medium is the photogram, and his images have been shown in major group and solo exhibitions across the UK and around the world.

He has received awards from the Leverhume Trust, the British Council, and others. Since 2010 he has worked on a programme of public commissions for clinical institutions such as the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow. His latest project is to create Multi-Sensory Spaces, which will open at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and at the Department of Clinical Neurosciences in 2018.

www.alexanderhamilton.co.uk

Alexander Hamilton

Pete Moore

Pete Moore has worked in nature conservation for over thirty years. He began his career on St Kilda and has lived in the Cairngorms since 1986 working for Scottish Natural Heritage for much of that time.

In 2016, Pete graduated at Aberdeen with a PhD titled Photography & Rephotography: Repetition and Places in Time. He has several research interests; particularly in the work of Scottish photographer, Robert Moyes Adam and also in tourism-related photography and its use in the exploration of time and change. He has contributed editorial photographs to several books and a number of newspapers and magazines.

Pete is a FRSA and a Churchill Fellow. His role in SSHoP is to coordinate membership.

www.petermoorephotos.co.uk

Pete Moore

Rachel Nordstrom

Rachel Nordstrom is the Photographic Collection Manager at the Special Collection Division of the University of St Andrews Library. In addition to looking after the physical preservation of nearly a million photographs she assists students, academics, researchers and the general public gain access to the collection of both historic and contemporary material.

She has a keen interest in 19th century photographic materials and processes and previously managed the Historic Process workshop as the Fox Talbot Museum. Formally trained in the field of museums and cultural heritage preservation, she has also worked in Kosovo lending assistance to the redevelopment of their heritage infrastructure and networks.

Rachel Nordstrom

Robin Gillanders

Robin Gillanders is an Edinburgh based photographic artist. He taught History at the Royal High School in Edinburgh for seven years until 1983, and then worked commercially from a studio in central Edinburgh. After a period teaching part time, he began teaching Photography full time at Edinburgh Napier University in 1988, and became Reader in 2004.

Robin left teaching in September 2012. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Edinburgh Napier in October 2014. He has exhibited frequently in Scotland and internationally in France, Spain, Poland, Norway and USA. His work has been in several publications and he has published four solo books with the National Galleries of Scotland, Birlinn and David & Charles.

www.robingillanders.com

Robin Gillanders