Anna Atkins: Cyanotypes & Margaret Watkins: Advertising Photography
Join us to launch the exhibition on Friday 24 April, 6 - 8pm
Stills’ presents a two-person exhibition showcasing historically important work by Anna Atkins (1799-1871) and Margaret Watkins (1884-1969), who made pioneering photographic work in the 19th and 20th centuries respectively. All works in this exhibition will be on loan from collections in Scotland.
Fascinated by science and art, Anna Atkins became one of the earliest pioneers of photography. In 1843, she started to produce British Algae; Cyanotype Impressions, the first book ever to be illustrated with photographs. The cyanotype process allowed her to experiment with a new method of accurately depicting botanical specimens in a book.
The modernist photographer Margaret Watkins had a successful career in New York and was active in the Clarence White school of photography before circumstances led to her relocation to Glasgow in the late 1920s. Her work became largely forgotten until, after her death, hundreds of photographs were discovered by her friend and neighbour.
We are grateful to the lenders to this exhibition: Glasgow Museums, Joe Mulholland/Hidden Lane Gallery, Glasgow and Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.
Stills Tasters: Cyanotypes
Join us in Stills for a hands-on Cyanotype taster session inspired by our Anna Atkins exhibition.
Stills Tasters are designed to give you the opportunity to engage with the skills and techniques used by artists in Stills’ exhibitions.
Using one of the first photographic techniques still widely practiced today, the taster session will:
- Include an inspiring tour of the Anna Atkins exhibition
- Guide you through the steps involved in making Cyanotype prints
- Allow you to make your own prints to take home
- Provide you with comprehensive instructions so that you can make your own prints at home.
Image: Anna Atkins Ptilota Sericea, (circa 1843) cyanotype © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection
Takashi Arai - Daily D-Type
Stills is delighted to be participating in the first ACTINIC festival. As one of the supporting venues, we are thrilled to be showcasing the work of Takashi Arai in an intimate exhibition of images from his acclaimed Daily D-Type series.
Since 01 January 2011, Arai has been taking one 6x6 D-type (Daguerreotype, a unique image/object exposed on to a silver plate) a day, and we are delighted to be exhibiting a selection of 50 of these incredible works.
This exhibition represents the first time that Arai’s work has been shown in Scotland and his first solo exhibition in the UK, and we are pleased to be working alongside ACTINIC and the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation to bring Takashi Arai to Scotland for an exclusive talk.
Takashi Arai first encountered photography while he was a university student of biology. In an effort to trace photography to its origins, he encountered daguerreotype, and after much trial and error mastered the complex technique. Arai does not see daguerreotype as a nostalgic reproduction of a classical method; instead, he has made it his own personal medium, finding it a reliable device for storing memory that is far better for recording and transmitting interactions with his subjects than modern photography.
Beginning in 2010, when he first became interested in nuclear issues, Arai has used the daguerreotype technique to create individual records—micro-monuments—of his encounters with surviving crew members, and the salvaged hull, of the fallout-contaminated Daigo Fukuryūmaru fishing boat, records that touch upon the fragmented reality of events in the past. This project led him to photograph the deeply interconnected subjects of Fukushima, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki.
Arai’s work has appeared in numerous exhibitions, at the Mori Art Museum and the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, among other Japanese venues, as well as abroad, and in 2014, he was the recipient of the Source-Cord Prize. His works are held in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and Musée Adrien Mentienne, among others.
ACTINIC is a festival dedicated to alternative, historic and new analogue photo related arts. For the full festival programme and further information, please click here: www.alternativephotographyscotland.org
Please note: the exhibition will only be available by appointment from 12 July - 31 July