Alexander Lindsay Photography Symposium at Bowhouse

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Photography Symposium at Bowhouse

With Alexander Lindsay’s Photography Exhibition

Alexander Lindsay will be bringing his phenomenal landscape photography exhibition to Bowhouse.

Showcasing his vast and ultra high resolution landscape photographs from his travels to some of the world’s greatest unspoilt regions in North and South America, Southern Africa and mainland Scotland, the Outer Hebrides and St Kilda. These epic images, printed by Lindsay in his studio in Fife, will be up to 8 metres wide, and will be for sale. They will transform the unique venue of Bowhouse’s Main Hall into an extraordinary Art Gallery.

In parallel, Alexander and his wife – art specialist and advisor Sophie Camu Lindsay – have organised a Symposium to gather experts and curators in their field to consider photography from its origins through to the contemporary scene, with a spectacular series of talks, presentations and discussions that will be free and open to the public. Speakers from the Royal Observatory Edinburgh, the National Galleries and Library of Scotland, drone film and photography specialists and storytellers from the Western Isles, among others, will be highlighting the hugely important contribution to the medium made by Scotland and St Andrews.

Calendar of Events


The following events are free and open to all. Places are limited so please reserve your free tickets at


Sunday 17th July, 6-7.30pm.

Earth’s Wonders Captured by Drone

Islay Petrie and JP Andrews are young photographer/film-makers who create astonishing imagery around the world with their drones. Petrie has travelled the globe with her drone in a backpack, by motorcycle or living out of her SUV. JP is one of two British brothers specialising in mesmerizing imagery of planet Earth from above. This contemporary art event will reveal how they plan their expeditions and make a living with these latest photographic techniques and will provide tips and tricks for taking images with a drone.


Friday 22nd July, 6-7.30pm.

‘Art and Nature’ – In Conversation with Richard Demarco

With a camera always at hand, Richard Demarco, of the ground-breaking Demarco Gallery and co-founder of the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, has recorded the past 75 years of the international art scene in Scotland. And in so doing has created a unique and fascinating record of the performance art of Joseph Beuys, Marina Abramovic, and other artists that he brought to Scotland. Alexander Lindsay will discuss with Demarco his life at the forefront of the Scottish Art and Theatre scene, and his huge contribution to the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe.


Saturday 23rd July, 6-7.30pm.

An Evening of Stories and Music from the Western Isles, with the Isle of Harris Distillers

Calum Barker from the Isle of Harris Distillers will recapture the spirit of a traditional Western Isles Cèilidh, with stories and live music inspired by Harris, St Kilda and the Outer Hebrides. There will be an opportunity to taste their award winning gin.


Saturday 30th July, 6-7.30pm.

Scotland’s Photograph Album: The Story of the Mackinnon Collection
Blake Milteer, curator of Photography at The National Galleries of Scotland and National Library of Scotland will draw attention to the unparalleled collection of Scottish photography amassed by collector Murray MacKinnon and now in the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland and National Library. Photographs by leading visionaries and early photography practitioners including Fox Talbot, Robert Adamson, Julia Margaret Cameron and Roger Fenton, among others, represent Scottish life and identity from the 1840s through the 1940s – a century of dramatic transformation and innovation.


Wednesday 3rd August, 6-7.30pm.

200 Years of Astronomical Images with the Royal Observatory Edinburgh

Andy Lawrence, Regius Professor of Astronomy at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh, will bring exclusive pieces from the ROE collection and will cover Scotland’s huge contribution to how we see, photograph and understand the Universe, from the earliest mountaintop imaging to the amazing latest deep space pictures from the James Webb Space Telescope.


Friday 5th August, 6-7.30pm.

How I Filmed and Photographed the Wreck of the Titanic

Alexander Lindsay will discuss his expeditions down to the wreck of the Titanic, 4km below the ocean’s waves. He was ‘Director/Producer of Film and Photography’ for two expeditions to the wreck, and his team developed the largest lighting system ever lowered to the ocean floor. He worked with, amongst others, the Cousteau family and Hollywood director James Cameron. Lindsay’s Titanic imaging involvement continues to this day: the pioneering digital techniques he developed for recording the wreck have led directly to the methods he employs for his large scale landscape photographs.


Saturday 6th August, 6-7.30pm.

A Century of an Ancient Fife Family in Photographs

In his recently published book The Lindsays of Balcarres, Ludovic Lindsay explores his ancestors’ remarkable untold stories over a century, from the birth of photography in 1840. This extraordinary collection of hitherto unpublished images by both family members and pioneering photographers of the age illustrates one Fife family’s involvement in arenas as diverse as astronomy to the arts, agriculture to exploration, military endeavours to politics. Many photographs capture the unique setting of life in the 19th Century in the East Neuk of Fife.


Futtle bar at Bowhouse will remain open for drinks during and after each event.

Dinner reservations can be made at the pop-up restaurant Baern, in Bowhouse, by emailing For menus and details see Instagram @baern_cafe



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