Gunnie Moberg

Gunnie Moberg Bill Forsyth, b. 1946. Film producer Unknown © Estate of Gunnie Moberg


Gunnie Moberg was a Swedish photographer, painter and designer, who brilliantly captured life on the Northern Isles of Scotland. Born in Gothenburg, she moved to Edinburgh in 1958 where, three years later, she married American artist Tam McPhail. In 1964 they exchanged Edinburgh for the tranquillity of Argyll and in 1976 the family, which now included four sons, moved to Orkney. There, Moberg photographed the landscapes, seascapes and the islands’ inhabitants. She collaborated with Norwegian writer Liv Kjørsvik Schei to produce ‘The Orkney Story’ (1985) and ‘The Shetland Story’ (1988). But her best-known artistic association was with the Orkney writer and poet George Mackay Brown, with whom she collaborated on a number of books, including ‘Orkney: Pictures and Poems’ (1996).