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Portraits of Scottish Islands: St Kilda & Lewis and Harris with Alex Boyd

  • Blackwell's Bookshop Edinburgh 53-62 South Bridge Edinburgh EH1 1YS (map)

Alex Boyd launches his two new photography books framing the Scottish isles, Hirta: A Portrait of St Kilda and Isle of Rust: A Portrait of Lewis and Harris.

Born from Jonathan Meades’ landmark BBC film of the same name, Boyd’s photographic sketches of the Isle of Rust captures the rugged, austere beauty of Lewis and Harris and the narrative of the fascinating islands, while Hirta gives a de-romanticising portrayal of the islands and inhabitants of St Kilda in full colour, in contrast to the duotone of his Saltire Award shortlisted book St Kilda: The Silent Islands. Alex will be sharing his experience of these Scottish islands, his documentation of their stunning landscapes and the stories behind his return visits over several years, along with some images from the books.

ALEX BOYD was born in Germany in 1984, and grew up in Ayrshire, Scotland. Educated at the University of Glasgow, his work has been widely exhibited, with solo exhibitions at the Scottish Parliament and at prestigious venues such as the Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Ulster Academy and Royal Academy in London.

He is perhaps best known for his series 'Sonnets', a collaboration with the late Makar (Poet Laureate) Edwin Morgan, which shows a faceless figure in the landscape reminiscent of the work of German artist Caspar David Friedrich. In 2012 Boyd was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art (FRSA). He has worked alongside photographers such as Rankin, and Japanese master Takeshi Shikama. His work is held in several national collections such as the National Gallery of Scotland, The Royal Photographic Society, and The Royal Scottish Academy, as well as private collections across the world.

Admission to this event is free and all are welcome. Please reserve your free ticket at the Blackwell’s Eventbrite page here.