Edinburgh-born Grace Alison was an amateur photographer who amassed a body of work spanning sixty years. Over the years she built up an impressive portfolio of monochrome portraiture, all hand-printed to her own most exacting standards. For forty years she served as honorary secretary for the Edinburgh Photographic Society. She specialised in landscapes but her first love was portraiture. Her goal was always to bring out the true sense of the sitter. A number of her beautifully lit and appositely posed portraits are in the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland.