The Photographers Collective was established in 2011 to nurture and promote the talent of photographers working in Scotland. Inspired by visits to Les Rencontres d'Arles, The Collective's primary motivation is to exhibit photographic work in and around Edinburgh, utilising existing spaces as well as showing in interesting venues. We want to widen access to photography through our professional knowledge and expertise, and see the wealth of photographic talent in Scotland as a sign that the still image is as vital a part of the creative industries as ever before.
Drawing from a range of creative fields, the Collective's aims are:
Collaboration and idea-sharing are central to the Collective, and we aim to offer support for photographers through exhibition opportunities and peer-to-peer discussion.
Since 2011 we have exhibited an annual selection of Members' work, as well as introducing new Showcase photographers. These have included those starting out on their photographic career as well as established members of the photographic community. The end goal is still the same; exhibitions are vital in showing photography in a gallery environment, and each piece of work exhibited has been carefully curated. Whilst selling photography is still a difficult market, all works are for sale at reasonable prices, and all proceeds go towards promoting each photographer's career.
The Collective is also active in promoting solo exhibitions of its members. These have ranged from portraiture, live theatre residencies and environmental landscapes, highlighting the broad range of creative practitioners The Collective represents.
The Collective are always keen on collaborating with other artists - not just photographers - so contact us to discuss working with us.