Acquisition by School of Scottish Studies Archive

“Jeremy’s life-long work is so in-tune with the efforts of those who founded and developed the School of Scottish Studies Archives; his ability to capture people at their most casual, to document the working lives of Scottish people, and to tell a narrative with his images is second to none in modern Scottish photography.”

Daryl Green, Head of Special Collections, University of Edinburgh.

A selection of 51 prints from three of Jeremy’s photo-stories have recently entered the collections of the School of Scottish Studies Archive and the Centre for Research Collections, at the University of Edinburgh.


The prints, selected in conjunction with curator Cathlin Macauley, come from three bodes of work, North Sea Fishing (1993-95), Paddy’s Market in Glasgow (2000) and Longannet Colliery in Fife (2001). These bodies of work were chosen to closely mirror the themes of coastal working life, Scottish industrial cultures and urban living which can be found elsewhere within the School of Scottish Studies Archive. 

The North Sea Fishing work was self-initiated in the early years of Jeremy’s career, and the resulting images from aboard the seine-netter boats Mairead and Argosy have been widely published. In 2017 this series was exhibited in nine galleries and museums on the east coast of Scotland, from Anstruther to the Shetland Isles, facing the North Sea.

The Paddy’s Market work was again self-initiated, and shot a little while before the historic market closed for good in Glasgow. 

The Longannet Colliery work was originally shot for the Saturday Herald Magazine, before later being issued as a limited edition zine by Cafe Royal Books, one of seven books so far released showcasing work from this archive.

“I have immensely enjoyed listing the 50 photographic prints acquired from Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert. The collection has been listed in original order to three series, which includes the life aboard seine-netter boats within the North Sea Fishing prints, the historic Paddy’s Market in Glasgow, and depictions of the life of people working underground at Longannet Colliery. 

Each itemed photograph depicts such a dynamic portrayal of the social and working lives of Scottish people that you can clearly see and feel the emotion of each photographic subject through the prints. 
Each individual print is a valuable addition to our collection as they are such a clear portrayal of the dynamics of Scottish working life and people.”

– Elliot Holmes, of the Archives & Library, at the School of Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh.

The School of Scottish Studies Archive contains over 80,000 photography, the majority of which come from the 1930s to the present day, and from photographers such as Werner Kissling, Robert Atkinson and Ian MacKenzie.

View Jeremy’s photographic images in the School of Scottish Studies Archive online database