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ARTIST PHOTOGRAPHE R PATERSON


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DURING the late 1800s Scottish photographers pushed the art of photography to new technical and creative limits. Thomas Annan famously recorded the slums of Glasgow in what is considered to be the first use of photography as social record, while other Scots took their skills abroad to record major events such as the American Civil War and the Crimean War. The 20th century saw the creation of Scotland’s first


photographic gallery and both the Glasgow School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art established Fine Art Photography departments. St Andrews University, home of photographic pioneers Sir David Brewster and the Adamson brothers, became an internationally renowned centre for the history of photography. In the Highland capital, Inverness, there were several


photography exponents during the late 19th-early 20th centuries, including the photographers David Whyte, Watson & Senior, John MacMahon, Cooper & Sons and


MacGillivray & Co. There was also Andrew Paterson, a young portrait photographer plying his trade and developing skills that would eventually see him become an internationally renowned, multi-award winning artist-photographer, whose services were sought over several decades by many leading political and commercial figures of the day. Andrew Paterson was born in Inverness on 29th


September 1877. His father, James Paterson, a ship’s captain in the merchant marine, and mother Isabella (nee Noble) lived at 18 Shoe Lane, Merkinch, which is now only a pathway off Simpson’s Lane. He had learned the art of taking photographs


locally but gained further experience down south before returning to Inverness. In 1895, at age 18, Andrew Paterson opened his photographic business at 32 Church Street. Between 1900 and 1902 he was located at 3 New Market Entry, and in 1903 the studio


Shoe Lane, Paterson’s birthplace, once ran to the banks of the River Ness. The site is located between the two apartment block buildings.


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