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Angela Catlin: Natural Light II @HillheadLibrary

By on May 2, 2017

Angela Catlin’s first book Natural Light was published in 1985 alongside an exhibition at the Edinburgh International Book Festival that later toured Scotland, writes Ginny Clark.

Catlin’s powerful and atmospheric portraits of Scottish authors captured a golden era of Scottish literature. Now, just over 30 years later, the award-winning Glasgow-based photographer and photo-journalist has revisited the theme and her subjects – such as Alasdair Gray, James Kelman and Liz Lockheed – in Natural Light II.

However, for this latest book Catlin has also focused on another generation of literary greats including Denise Mina, Ali Smith, AL Kennedy and Alan Warner.

The Natural Light II exhibition including 68 images of 58 authors opens at Hillhead Library on Friday, May 5, the first time the whole project has been exhibited in Glasgow.

Catlin said: “I’m happy the exhibition is going to be on show at Hillhead Library, we’re lucky to have a venue that is so supportive of photography in Glasgow’s vibrant west end.”

Pictures: James Kelman, 1985 and, below, 30 years on. By Angela Catlin

Natural Light II is at Hillhead Library, Friday, May 5 until Sunday, June 25. Free. The book Natural Light II, by Anglea Catlin, published by  Freight Books, £20, available online at

Jim Kelman 2 by Angela Catlin



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