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Studies in Photography


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.



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.

Portobello Literary

Portobello Literary are a literary agency based in Edinburgh, representing excellent writing from Scotland and beyond in adult fiction and non-fiction. We handle UK and international rights for our clients and regularly attend international book fairs. Our clients include Polly Atkin, Fiona Black, Gill Booles, Russell Jones, Andrés N. Ordorica, Wendy Pratt and Christina Riley. Our website includes resources for aspiring writers seeking publication.

Portobello Literary was founded by Caro Clarke who has over ten years’ experience in publishing – at Transworld (PRH) and most recently at Canongate Books as a Senior Rights Manager. They were named Rights Professional of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2021. In 2019, they co-founded the Nan Shepherd Prize for underrepresented nature writers, which kickstarted a passion to demystify the publishing industry and help emerging writers to develop their craft and build their writing careers. Portobello Literary was established in 2022 to build on that work.

Lianne Walker

Lianne Walker is a Scottish Audiobook Narrator working with both fiction and non-fiction books. There is so much great writing in Scotland that deserves to be heard by as many people as possible. I work with authors and publishers to give voice to these great stories.

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.


Mairi Sutherland

A freelance editor/proofreader, experienced in managing the editorial process from manuscript through to publication. I work on a wide range of publications: schoolbooks (mainly primary/secondary mathematics); academic books (mainly astronomy, mathematics, philosophy, history); general trade books, including highly illustrated books; corporate publications.

Clients include Atlantic Books, Birlinn, Cambridge University Press, Historic Environment Scotland, Octopus, Oxford University Press, Quercus.

Work ranges from copy-editing to project management, including: briefing and managing other freelance editors, proofreaders, picture researchers and indexers; substantive editing; on-screen copy-editing; proofreading; liaising with authors, designers and outside agencies.

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.

Raspberry Creative Type

Raspberry Creative Type offers cover design and typesetting services. This involves the internal and external design of books and all promotional material from concept through to final print-ready artwork, including creating e-books.

Heather has over 12 years experience in publishing, working in a variety of sectors and can therefore offer a bespoke package to suit your requirements. Her client base includes major UK publishers and self publishers.

Raspberry Creative Type is also involved in the project management of books organizing editors, proof readers, picture research, photographers and printers.

Heather has experience in many packages ie InDesign CS5.5, Photoshop CS5.5, Illustrator CS5.5, xml into InDesign, Acrobat, e-book software.

The subject range of books that Raspberry Creative Type has typeset and covers designed for include:
• photobooks • reference • education • fiction • workbooks • catalogues • thesauruses • artbooks • dictionaries • journals • foreign languages • plays • crosswords.

Raspberry Creative Type also has extensive experience in the graphic design of:
• logos and letterheads • advertising • annual reports • brochures • posters • magazines.

To see examples of Raspberry Creative Type’s work please visit the Raspberry Creative Type website

National Library of Scotland

The National Library of Scotland/Leabharlann Nàiseanta na h-Alba (NLS) is Scotland’s largest reference library and is a major European research library. We are one of the world’s leading centres for the study of Scotland and the Scots – an information treasure trove for Scotland’s knowledge, history and culture.  The Library’s collections are of world-class importance, and comprise digital material, rare books, manuscripts, maps, music, official publications, business information, science and technology, as well as extensive modern and foreign collections.  The Library holds more than 24 million items including seven million manuscripts, 700 years of maps, 400,000 music items, 32,000 films and 15 million printed items.  Every week it collects c.5,000 new items, around 80% of which are received free of charge in terms of Legal Deposit legislation.

Our website gives free access to a range of digitised resources and images , as well as to a large collection of licensed digital resources, such as the Times Digital Archive, Early English Books online, and many more.

Visitors are welcome to our reading rooms to use our collections, and our catalogue can be viewed in advance on the website.

Edinburgh Napier University

Industry accredited postgraduate programmes

Our intensive, industry-focused degrees are ‘standard bearers for publishing education in the UK’ (source: the Professional Publishers Association).

Our focus is vocational, providing you with the practical expertise and research skills employers demand. Our students include graduates who want a career in publishing and professionals wishing to enhance their career prospects. Uniquely, both our postgraduate programmes have industry approved accreditation – MSc Publishing by Creative Skillset, MSc Magazine Publishing by the PPA.

A centre of excellence for publishing education, we work with the internationally renowned Scottish Centre for the Book, a hub for publishing research. Based in Edinburgh, a vibrant cosmopolitan capital, we are in the home of Scottish publishing, with strong industry links nationally and globally.

  • Networking opportunities and attendance at industry events
  • Regular Guest Speakers and Master Classes by industry experts
  • Practical experience – students produce commercial books and magazines (print, eBooks and apps)
  • Industry visits and organised publishing placements