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Eilean
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ISBN:
9781780275536
Categories
Art & Photography, Local History, New Releases
Imprint
Birlinn
Publication Date
04 October 2018
Format
Hardback
Status
Available for Sale
Publisher
Birlinn Ltd
Extent
128
Illustrations
b/w halftones throughout

Eilean

The Island Photography of Margaret Fay Shaw
Edited by Fiona J. Mackenzie
by Margaret Fay Shaw - Find out more about the author

Margaret Fay Shaw took her first photographs of the Hebrides in 1924 whilst travelling through the islands by bicycle. It was her photography which first brought her to the attention of folklorist John Lorne Campbell, and after their marriage in 1935 they began their unique career together, creating the world’s finest treasury of Hebridean song, story, image and folklore.

Her collection of some 9,000 photographs and film were taken mainly on the Hebridean islands of Uist, Barra, Mingulay, Eriskay, Canna and the Irish Aran Islands, and form a key part of the magnificent Campbell collections at Canna House, where she and John made their home for 60 years. In 1981 they gifted the island of Canna and its collections to the National Trust for Scotland, who now curate the material for future generations to enjoy.

This book features over 100 of the best of Margaret Fay Shaw’s Hebridean photographs, with extended captions by Fiona J. Mackenzie and an introductory essay by the collection’s former archivist, Magdalena Sagarzazu.

Margaret Fay Shaw was born in Pennsylvania in 1903. Her first trip to Scotland, in 1921, kindled in her a life-long interest in the Gaelic world. She died in 2004.

Fiona J. Mackenzie, an award-winning Gaelic singer and performing artist, is the archivist for the National Trust for Scotland in Canna House.






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