Neil Gunn, 1891 - 1973, and James Bridie (Osborne Henry Mavor), 1888 - 1951
© Lida Moser / NGS

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Neil Gunn, 1891 - 1973, and James Bridie (Osborne Henry Mavor), 1888 - 1951 1949
  • Scottish Art
In 1949 Moser travelled to Scotland to photograph leading Scottish artists and writers as an assignment for American ‘Vogue’. Among the many photographs she took is this fond image of Neil Gunn and James Bridie who were both associated with the Scottish Renaissance. Gunn was a prolific novelist, playwright and critic, born in the Highlands, Gaelic culture was the source of much of his inspiration. Bridie, on the other hand, was born in Glasgow and studied medicine, before becoming a playwright and screenwriter. Moser shows these two literary giants smiling and joking, enjoying a cigarette and each others company. They appear content and good-humoured which contrasts to Moser’s somewhat distant, almost photo-documentary position, standing just on the outside.

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Documentary photography

Photographs that are presented as a straightforward record of events, people and places.

Scottish Renaissance

The Scottish Renaissance emerged during the interwar years and was mainly a literary movement. However, its influence also extended to music, visual arts and politics. Those associated with it were interested in both contemporary philosophies, which were already being felt in the widespread modernist movement, and Scotland’s folk culture and traditions.

Documentary photography, Scottish Renaissance


  • Acc. No. PGP 43.15
  • Medium Silver gelatine print
  • Size 29.40 x 24.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1983