About this artwork
Murray Johnston was the first Artist in Residence in the Kielder Forest in Northumberland during 1980. His study of the forest explores the conflicts between human management and the forces of nature. The tall pine trees in this picture have been planted in shallow soil on bare rock and are easily uprooted by strong winds.
- title: Kielder Forest
- accession number: PGP 235.10
- artist: Murray JohnstonScottish (1949 - 1990)
- printed by: Owen LoganScottish (born 1963)
- gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(In Storage)
- object type: Photograph
- subject: Woodland
- materials: Silver gelatine print made by Owen Logan
- date created: 1980 (printed 1999)
- measurements: 33.00 x 32.50 cm
- credit line: Purchased 1999
Murray Johnston was born in Fife and educated in Edinburgh and Dundee. From 1969-1972 he worked as a medical photographer. He was the first photographer in residence at Kielder Forest, Northumberland in 1980. From 1982-8 he was Director of the Stills Gallery in Edinburgh, giving particular encouragement to Scottish photographers. From 1988 he was Head of Photography at Edinburgh College of Art and in 1987 he founded Scottish Photographic Works (with Kate Johnston) to promote Scottish photography. In 1989 he organised the major exhibition Scottish Camera Art Now (with David Britain) for the Houston Fotofest. His last published work was Edinburgh Past and Present (1990).
Owen Logan was born in Edinburgh in 1963. He has worked as a freelance photographer since 1979. His work has been largely about documenting other cultures. In 1983 he began a series of pictures of the Sikh community both in Britain and abroad. His projects have concentrated on life in Morocco, published as 'Al Maghrib' (1989) and the Italian communities in Scotland, 'Bloodlines/Vite allo Specchio'. He is currently working on a complex long-term project in Nigeria, about the impact of globalisation, which involves close collaboration with Nigerians. Logan is also a contributing editor to the independent arts magazine Variant and a research fellow in the field of socio-economics at the University of Aberdeen. He lives and works in Edinburgh and Toulon.