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Saul Leiter: Retrospective The Photographers’ Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies St, London W1F 7LW January 22 to April 3


Sophie Gerrard, Blackfaced ewes with wind turbines, The Scottish Borders, 2013 ©SOPHIE GERRARD


Document Scotland: The Ties That Bind Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 1JD to April 24


‘The Ties That Bind’ is a phrase


you’ll often find in discussions about Scottish culture and identity, especially in recent years when the debate over independence for Scot- land as a nation has paved the way for a great deal of self-examination. For four Scot-born photographers; Colin McPherson, Jeremy Sutton- Hibbert, Sophie Gerrard and Ste- phen McLaren, this exhibition rep- resents an opportunity to display photographs which consider these


ties from four angles. ‘Legacy’ looks at Scotland’s role in the slave trade and sugar plantations of Jamaica in the 18th century, whilst ‘Tradition’ explores the centuries-old celebra- tion of Border towns in the Com- mon Ridings festivals. ‘Engagement’ considers the devotion of soccer supporters in the small towns and communities across Scotland, whilst ‘The Land’ focuses on contemporary farming through the experiences of six women. Featuring about 75 photographs, ‘The Ties That Bind’ reveals the story of a country and the shaping and development of its sense of national identity.


Saul Leiter Snow, 1960


© Saul Leiter Courtesy: Saul Leiter, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York. Photo Kira Perov


The American 49


The pioneering American artist and photographer, Saul Leiter, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1923. Originally expected to follow in the footsteps of his father, a renowned Talmudic rabbi and scholar, at 23 Leiter moved to New York when he chose to immerse himself in a prospective career in creative arts. Introduced to photography by American artist Richard Pousette- Dart, Leiter began by taking fashion photographs, before expanding his repetoire to include street images where fashion, architecture, still life and portraiture fuse together. The blurring of movement and the lack of detail creates a photographic language of color and abstraction, and during a prolific career, Leiter is also widely credited for his pioneer- ing role in the emergence of color photography.


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