The View from Here

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

29 Oct 2016 – 30 Apr 2017

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This display showcases a striking array of landscape photographs that were taken between the 1840s and the present day.

Alfred G Buckham, Aerial view of Edinburgh, c1920

Photographs of the world’s greatest locations – including the Niagra Falls, the Egyptian pyramids, the Isle of Skye and the glaciers of Iceland – have been brought together to explore the processes photographers have used to capture a diverse array of landscapes on camera.

Drawn entirely from the permanent collection of photographs at the National Galleries of Scotland, the exhibition spans from early daguerreotypes to contemporary digital prints.

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Alfred G Buckham had crashed nine times before he was discharged from the Royal Naval Air Service and classified as '100 per cent disabled'.

He did not let this deter him from his passion for aerial photography, instead saying: 'If one's right leg is tied to the seat with a scarf or a piece of rope, it is possible to work in perfect security'.

It is thought that these were the perilous conditions in which the photographer shot the aerial view of Edinburgh that is included in this display.

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Opening times

Daily, 10am – 5pm (Thu until 7pm)

Closed 25 – 26 Dec

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