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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.

Green Gables Editing

With twenty years’ experience in editing, media and PR, I work on a wide range of materials in varying genres and on different platforms. I specialise in supporting self-published authors, not only editing and proofreading but also typesetting and producing books for publication.

I have edited fiction and memoirs but I also work on articles, reports, press releases, dissertations and essays, both editing and performing extensive rewrites, maintaining both the message and the voice of my client. I’m happy to fact check and engage in research.

I’ve written and edited copy for, and managed the production of, military, dentistry, technology and consumer magazines; created copy for corporate websites; and written news and features on a range of subjects from travel to underground coal gasification.

I am also very keen to support those for whom English is not the first language, or those who lack confidence in their writing skills but still have a story to tell.

Doric Books

Doric Books is a Community Interest Company (CIC) which exists to benefit the Doric speaking community. Aaron Gale (author and illustrator) and Jackie Ross (author and storyteller) established Doric Books due to their shared passion for the mither tongue of the North-East of Scotland.

What We Do

  • Publish books written solely in Doric.
  • Provide an outlet for other Doric authors to sell their books via our website.
  • Deliver Doric workshops and events in schools, care homes and other community settings.
  • Work in partnership with local organisations to create new materials in Doric.

Our Aims

  • To publish all kinds of Doric material for people of all ages.
  • To be part of a world where Scots is fully recognised as a language and where local cultural identity and diversity is valued.

 

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

 

Scottish Universities Press

Scottish Universities Press is a collaborative, library-led initiative, owned and operated by 18 participating HEIs. The project is being co-ordinated through SCURL (Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries). SUP aims to provide a clear and cost-effective route for researchers to make their work freely available to a global audience, meeting the requirements of funders and realising the government ambition to extend the impact of research across society.  SUP hopes to offer a clear route to a professional standard of publishing on a not-for-profit basis. SUP will initially publish monographs by academics from our participating institutions in any discipline.

We will extend to publish other types of content, such as journals and e-textbooks, as SUP develops. Content will be published open access and will be freely available to access on our online publishing platform. We will also offer a ‘print on demand’ service for the books. The development of the press is led by a Management Board with a representative from each institution. We are in the process of recruiting our Editorial Board which will manage the publishing output, including the peer review process. Our online publishing platform is also in development with the University of Edinburgh. The aim is to launch the Press in Autumn 2022.

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.

 

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