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Studies in Photography

About

Studies in Photography is the trading name of the Scottish Society for the History of Photography. It is developing two complementary book series in partnership with Edinburgh University Press.

 

Visual Arts and Culture: Thematic Studies

The first series of publications is created under the rubric Visual Arts and Culture: Thematic Studies. This series extends the interest in photographic practice to include events wherein photography has been appointed to document complex conceptual projects. In respect of this mission two extant publications explore critical cultural and political themes. One, titled Strategy: Get Arts: 35 Artists Who Broke the Rules, examines the formation and ramifications of the landmark exhibition held at the Edinburgh International Festival in 1970. While the crucial subject of the environment is explored in Surveying the Anthropocene: Environment and Photography Now. In each publication, authoritative text adds analytical perspective to the photographs.

Future titles in this series will include:

  • The photographic record of Ian Hamilton Finlay’s ‘Little Sparta’ by Robin Gillanders,
  • The employment of photography in the working method of the conceptual artist Douglas Gordon’s ‘Black Burns’ sculpture, and
  • The Fishermen and Women’ of Hill & Adamson by Sara Stevenson.

 

Scottish Photographic Artists

The second series of publications, Scottish Photographic Artists, will focus upon eminent photographers who have gained an international reputation through exhibitions, awards, and publications. These artist photographers will be afforded a monographic study that will explore their work in depth, while showcasing the variety and inventiveness of their art.

The books in this series have a sympathetic format and design. Dr Sara Stevenson, the past curator of photography at the National Galleries of Scotland, will introduce each photographer. Further writings will include a reflective essay, by the artist, on the development and content of their creative practice. This review will be accompanied by critical insights from academics, curators and gallerists that will provide a platform of interpretation and analysis. Each book will be fully illustrated with a ‘gallery’ of the artist’s finest images.

The first book in this series will consider the exquisite cyanotypes of Alexander Hamilton (Chair of Studies in Photography) who will subsequently act as Series Editor. Further publications will reflect upon the photographs of acclaimed photographers including David Williams, Robin Gillanders and Jane Brettle, and others.

All books are richly illustrated and beautifully bound in hard cover format. They are also available in companion e-format.

This is an exciting development in publishing. It will demonstrate the relevance of Scottish art within an international context, while recognising the means by which photography continues to have a critical determination in the contemporary world.

 

Journals

Studies in Photography is internationally recognised for its journals, with member subscribers from leading UK, US, and European photographic centres and public and private-sector research libraries.

The journal’s relationship with the National Galleries of Scotland is the cornerstone of a program, that supports the delivery of lectures, exhibitions, and other public engagement with photography in Scotland and abroad.

Our journals, which have been in publication for forty years are unique in offering an understanding of the history of photography and the emerging new voices that our shaping the future of photography. We now hold, within our archive, over three hundred articles created by leading academics and writers.

A recent development has been the publication of journals in association with other organisations, this includes Leaves in partnership with Astley Ainslie Community Trust and the publication of conference papers in association with the National Trust for Scotland.

Golden Hare Publishing

The publishing division of Golden Hare Books, Golden Hare Publishing works on a variety of genres including poetry, fiction, non-fiction and children’s.

Notable publications include:

  • The Meadows by Robin Leanse, a 101 sonnet sequence
  • a new edition of Hugh Walpole’s The Cathedral
  • the children’s title The Piper and the Penguin by Stella Powell-Jones and Katie Riddell.

Foggie Toddle Books

Foggie Toddle Books is a small independent publisher (and children’s bookshop) based in Wigtown, Scotland’s National Booktown. We publish children’s picture books with a Scottish theme, including Scots Language titles. In 2021 we were awarded a Scots Language Publication Grant to publish Wheesht! by Susi Briggs.  With our Second Sands imprint we publish poetry, local history, and fiction for adults.

We publish two to four books a year.

Established: 2020

 

Banner of Truth Trust

The Banner of Truth Trust is an Evangelical and Reformed non-profit publishing house, structured as a charitable trust and founded in London in 1957 by Iain Murray, Sidney Norton and Jack Cullum. Its offices are now in Edinburgh.

We publish books that were written from the time of the reformation right through to the modern day.

 

Haunt Publishing

Haunt Publishing was founded in 2018 by publishing professional Rebecca Wojturska, and is an independent publisher of Gothic, horror and dark fiction in all formats. Dedicated to exploring both traditional and contemporary Gothic and horror literature, Haunt holds a flickering candle to global and underrepresented voices. We publish books with the curse of unputdownability, that keep a reader up all night. Books that provoke unease, terror and dread. Basically, we publish books that haunt readers long after consuming them.

Haunt’s first book, Haunted Voices: An Anthology of Gothic Storytelling from Scotland, celebrated Scotland’s rich history of storytelling and the Gothic. Haunted Voices was released in print, ebook and audio (each storyteller performed their own story) and launched across eight events at a variety of bookshops and venues. This uncanny book sold out within less than two months and is now on its fourth print run.

Haunt then published Where Decay Sleeps by Anna Cheung, a debut collection of Gothic poetry which touched upon themes of birth, mental health, modern technology and monsters. This beautifully eerie collection has received multiple five-star reviews from media reviewers and book bloggers.

When Other People Saw Us, They Saw the Dead, an anthology of Gothic short stories from BIPOC writers (edited by Lauren T. Davila), and The Gingerbread Men, a Highland hotel horror novel from Joanna Corrance, followed.

 

Established: 2018

Publications: 2-3 per year

Submission details: Check out our submissions page to see if we are currently looking for new books and to see what we are looking for: https://www.hauntpublishing.com/submissions

 

Scottish Mountaineering Press

Launched in 2020, the Scottish Mountaineering Press exists to promote and share Scotland’s natural wonders, embracing the creativity born out of an explorer spirit and celebrating the joy and endeavour in a life lived outdoors. We are a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Scottish Mountaineering Trust, a Scottish-registered charity, and we channel all our profits back into Scotlands wild places.

Our first book, The Great Sea Cliffs of Scotland, won the Mountain Image category at the 2021 Banff Mountain Book Festival—considered by many to be the international competition for mountain related literature. Our second book, The Fox of Glencoe, a collection of memoirs from Scottish mountaineering legend Hamish MacInnes, won TGO’s 2021 ‘Outdoor book of the year’ award.

We have long enjoyed a relationship with the Scottish Mountaineering Club, which has published information about climbing in Scotland for over 100 years, and we are proud to produce climbers’, hillwalkers’ and scramblers’ guidebooks on their behalf. Our most recent guidebook, The Munros, is considered the go-to source for information about Scotland’s 282 mountains over 3000 feet.

In 2022, we launched Scottish Mountaineering Press Creatives, a vibrant, innovative and thought-provoking digital publication that promotes, reimagines and is inspired by the beauty of the Scottish landscape. This diverse, community-oriented platform is a place for writers, painters, poets, photographers, musicians and filmmakers to collaborate, showcase their work and develop their crafts.

Taking inspiration from the mountains of Scotland and the culture and communities embedded within them, we work with authors and artists to realise their vision in print and on screen. Through imagery and prose, our publications capture the moments when nature stops us in our tracks and stuns us into silence; when time slows down, and we look up and out with a sense of freedom.

Saltire Society

The Saltire Society seeks to encourage everything that might improve the quality of life in Scotland. It works to preserve all that is best in Scottish traditions and to encourage new developments which can strengthen and enrich the country’s cultural life. It acts as a catalyst, celebrant and commentator through an annual programme of awards, lectures, debates and projects. Founded in 1936 is a non-political independent charity with membership branches throughout Scotland.

Membership of the Saltire Society is open to all individuals and organisations who support the aims of the Society.

Witherby Publishing Group

Witherby Publishing Group was established in 2008, initially as Witherby Seamanship Limited, through a merger between Witherbys Publishing and Seamanship International Ltd. The Witherby business dates back to 1740 when Thomas Witherby opened a stationery shop in Birchin Lane, London, next to the Sword Blade Coffee house, providing stationery and printing for the newly founded commercial marine insurance market.

Established: 2008

Types of books published: Specialist publisher of marine training, reference and regulatory materials, providing the finest books and publications to the shipping industry.

Submission details: Send a synopsis of a sample chapter, a CV and supporting information. Please send submissions by email or by post.

Wild Goose Publications

Wild Goose Publications produces books, e-books, CDs and digital downloads relating to the community’s concerns for social justice, political and peace issues, holistic spirituality, care for creation, and healing, and supplies innovative resources for worship, meditative reflection and group work. Our niche market tends to be spiritual leaders looking for new approaches to worship and group work, but we also publish wider-ranging material, such as books on labyrinths, guides to Iona and St Cuthbert’s Way, material for personal reflection and perspectives on historical figures such as St Columba and Adomnán.

Established: 1985

Publications (yearly average): books 10 / e-books 10 / CDs 2 / Digital downloads 40

Types of books published: Non-fiction, spiritual, religious, music

Submission details: Please email synopsis and at least two sample chapters to admin@ionabooks.com.

Whittles Publishing

Whittles Publishing continues to expand its established lists in geomatics including remote sensing, civil/structural engineering, geotechnics, fuel and energy science and offshore engineering. In addition a number of titles are being generated in materials and manufacturing technology and nanotechnology.

Our quality general list has grown appreciably over recent years with very successful titles in ornithology, military history, maritime, diving, wildlife and outdoors. The forward programme is building on these strengths with a number of ornithological books and development of existing themes.

The story of shipbuilding in Leith continues with vol. 3 of the highly-praised series, Leith-Built Ships by R O Neish and our lists in exploration continue to expand with The Magnetism of Antarctica.

Established: 1986

Publications (yearly average): 30

Types of books published: civil and structural engineering; geomatics; geotechnics; fuel and energy science; offshore engineering; nature and exploration; maritime; pharology; military history; ornithology; wildlife and diving

Submission details: Please contact Dr Keith Whittles with a brief synopsis and sample writing