Today, on National Poetry Day, Hoy! Sound! can be heard at Stills in Edinburgh.
Writers feature heavily in the portrait work of Gunnie Moberg, many photographed during St Magnus Festival. Gunnie’s archive contains a substantial volume of portraits of Orcadian writer George Mackay Brown.
Gunnie wrote about photographing George in an article in the Scottish Society for the History of Photography journal
Studies in Photography 1997
‘I photographed George Mackay Brown for 22 years and it was never easy. He didn’t like it.. I have masses of pictures of George with friends. They would be good pictures, but for the fact that George was looking down at his shoes, ‘George, please look up!’ I was to say hundreds of times. Photographing George was not all doom and gloom. We had some funny times together. Once, I took pictures of him for a sculptor who was doing a bust of him..I was walking round and round, standing on chairs, photographing the top of his head, then closing in for the nose, eyes and ears, and all through this George was giving a running commentary on dandruff, snotty children and how his mother told him to wash his ears – ‘so no problem there!’
Thank you to SSHOP for their permission to share this extract
Installation photographs by Alan Dimmick from the show ‘The Days Never Seem The Same’: the work of Gunnie Moberg & Margaret Tait. On now at Stills, Cockburn Street, Edinburgh until 28 October.