Alan Dimmick

From the Archive: 25 Photographs

Alan Dimmick (Glasgow, 1961) bought his first camera, a Russian Zenith, in 1977. He went on to study photography at Glasgow College of Building and Printing from 1979–82 and was a founding member of Glasgow Photography Group, exhibiting at their inaugural exhibition in Hillhead Library in 1988.

Some of this earliest works were purchased by The People’s Palace, Glasgow and Scottish Arts Council in the 1980s and he exhibited in group shows at Collins Gallery, Glasgow the Pier Art Centre, Orkney and Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, among others. His work was part of the Contemporary Camera exhibition that toured Scotland in 1983.

Since the mid 1990s Dimmick has documented the lively contemporary art and music scene of his home city, capturing many of the events that have shaped a significant period in Scottish culture. In recent years, his images have been included in various publications and exhibitions of his work have been held at Street Level Photoworks and the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) in Glasgow and Stills: Centre for Photography in Edinburgh. In 2012, Glasgow Museums acquired a number of Dimmick’s photographs to add to their collection of contemporary Scottish Art.

In 2017, a forty-year retrospective was held at the Stills Gallery in Edinburgh. The exhibition was followed by the publication of Alan Dimmick Photographs 1977-2017, with a launch event hosted in Glasgow by Timorous Beasties. In the same year, he was Artist in Residence at Stirling University.

Dimmick has selected 25 photographs from the archive for this exhibition at SWG3. The 25 serve as a cross-section of 42 years of subjects from art, music, and Glasgow life. Some, like Alasdair Gray (1985) and Julie (1987) are fast becoming icons while others, like Department Store Girl (1980) and Avant Garde Bar, King Street (2019), are in print for the very first time.

Image Caption

© Alan Dimmick

Opening Event

4th December 6-11pm

  • Venue

    SWG3 Acid Bar

  • Address

    100 Eastvale Place, Glasgow, UK

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