Joseph McKenzie, ‘Father of the Modern Scottish Photography’, dies at 86

 

Internationally acclaimed for his black and white photography documenting the post-war Scotland during 1960s, Joseph McKenzie has passed away on 5 July 2015 in Dundee, Scotland. Widely regarded as the Father of the Modern Scottish Photography, McKenzie was born on 19 March 1929 in London, the UK.

Joseph McKenzie

Joseph McKenzie

McKenzie’s notable works include Glasgow Gorbals Children (1965), Dundee – A City in Transition (1966), Dunfermline and its People, Down among the Dead Men, Gorbals Revisited, and Caledonian Images (Scottish Arts Council, 1969).

McKenzie served the Royal Air Force as a photographer during the Second World War and afterwards until 1952. In 1954, he was elected as an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. He was one of the first photographers to put on a purely photographic exhibition in the UK.

He taught photography at St Martins School of Art in London and then at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee.

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