POSTPONED: Alan Dimmick Photographs 1977-2017: Book Launch

Thursday, 3 May 2018
Alan Dimmick Photographs 1977-2017

POSTPONED: Due to a binding issue with some of the books this event has been postponed. We will update this page as soon as we have further information.

Stills is excited to announce the publication and launch of the first book dedicated to the work of Glasgow-based photographer Alan Dimmick.

The publication covers a broad range of Dimmick’s images taken over the last 40 years, from the first photo he remembers taking through to excerpts from his work and travels throughout Scotland up to the end of 2017. It features examples of Dimmick’s unique documentation of the people and places that are synonymous with Scotland’s internationally celebrated cultural scene.

The book includes specially commissioned essays, offering different perspectives on Dimmick’s work, by artists and writers such as: Jacqueline Donachie, Moira Jeffrey, Francis McKee and Ross Sinclair.

The book launch will begin with a short Q&A between Dimmick and Ben Harman, Director of Stills, followed by a book signing. The publication will be available throughout the evening for the special launch price of £20 (normal RRP £22).



Alan Dimmick Photographs 1977-2017 is published by Stills and follows the 2017 exhibition: The Collection Series: Works from a private photography collection & Alan Dimmick’s studio archive, 1977-2017. This publication has been made with generous support from Timorous Beasties and The Culture & Business Fund Scotland. 

image courtesy Creative Rain

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Alan Dimmick was born in Glasgow in 1961. He bought his first camera (a Russian Zenith) in 1977, the same year that he converted the toilets in his secondary school annex into a darkroom. He went on to study photography at Glasgow College of Building and Printing from 1979–82 and was a founding member of Glasgow Photography Group, exhibiting at their inaugural exhibition in Hillhead Library in 1988.  Early works were purchased by The People’s Palace, Glasgow and the Scottish Arts Council in the 1980s and he exhibited in group shows at Collins Gallery, Glasgow; the Pier Art Centre, Orkney; and Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, among others. His work was part of the Contemporary Camera exhibition that toured Scotland in 1983. 

Since the mid 1990s Dimmick has documented the lively contemporary art and music scene of his home city, Glasgow, capturing many of the events that have shaped a significant period in Scottish culture. In recent years, his images have been included in various publications and exhibitions of his work have been held at Street Level Photoworks and the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) in Glasgow and Stills: Centre for Photography in Edinburgh. In 2012, Glasgow Museums acquired a number of Dimmick’s photographs to add to their collection of Contemporary Scottish Art.