List of past lectures organised by SSHoP

The Scottish Society of the History of Photography have been organising lectures on photography for almost 25 years. The longest running series has been the annual Photographer’s Lecture which takes place in Edinburgh at the Scottish National Gallery. More recently we have introduced the Annan Lecture in Glasgow and for the past two years we have also held a Summer Lecture in Edinburgh to coincide with the launch of the Summer edition of the journal.

Photographer’s Lecture

Since 1994, SSHoP has organised an outstanding series of Annual Lectures delivered both by photographers invited to Scotland and by those resident in the country. The lecture now takes place in the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh.

2018 Chrystel Lebas (Scottish National Gallery, Friday 30 November, 6-7pm)

2017 Pradip Malde

2016 Peter Fraser

2015 Hellen van Meene

2014 Paul Seawright

2013 Dr Tom Hunter

2012 Peter Kennard

2011 Karen Knorr

2010 Simon Nofolk

2009 Ron O’Donnell

2008 Hannah Starkey

2007 Brian Griffin

2006 Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie

2005 Mari Mahr

2004 Jane Brettle

2003 Fay Godwin

2002 Roger Palmer

2001 Maud Sulter

2000 Robin Gillanders

1999 Zoltan Jokay 

1998 William Klein

1997 Calum Colvin

1996 David Williams

1995 Patricia Macdonald

1994 Thomas Joshua Cooper

Annan Lecture

SSHoP instituted an additional series of lectures in 2006 under the title ‘The Annan Lectures’ which are given each spring in Glasgow. Currently these lectures take place at Street Level Photoworks.

2019 Dr Juliet Hacking, Programme Director of the MA in Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London, is the author of ‘Photography and the Art Market’. ‘Photography, the Art World and the Art Market’

2018 Louise Pearson, Curator (Photography) at the National Galleries of Scotland, explored the wealth of photographic collections in Scotland in her talk ‘Developing the Picture: Scotland’s Photography Collections’.

2016 Dr Roberta McGrath considers The Wide Margins of Photographic History, reflecting on the importance of other histories – and theories – and what it means to look at a photograph.

2015 Anne McNeill, Director of Impressions Gallery talks on a theme of  ‘This much I know’ sharing the lessons a career in photography has taught her.

2014 Dr Anne Lyden, International Photography Curator talks on ‘From Glasgow to Edinburgh, by way of Los Angeles: a curatorial journey’.

2013 Dr Mike Ware presented a talk entitled  ‘Cyanotype: a Blueprint for Visual Vandalism?’

2012 James Robertson, in conversation with Robin Gillanders. A talk on ‘The Word and the Image: Narrative in Fiction and Photography’

2011 John Hume talked about the unknown works photographers who worked in and for Scottish industrial firms.

2010 Joe Mulholland. A talk about his former Glasgow neighbour, the Canadian photographer Margaret Watkins

2009 Bruce Peter and Roisin Reilly. A talk about the Glasgow shipyards photographer J E K Smith.

2008 Talk on the Glasgow photographer Oscar Marzaroli.

2007 Sara Stevenson. ‘The Doctor, the Lady, and the Man who printed his own money’

2006  William Buchanan. A talk on Thomas and James Craig Annan.

Summer Lecture


2017 Janice Galloway

Author Janice Galloway delivered the summer lecture in Edinburgh on August 23 2018. The talk focused on the family habit of collecting photographs as mementos.

2017 Michel Faber

Author Michel Faber discussed Eva Faber’s photographic life’s work.