Alex Boyd's images represent a major addition to the tradition of modern landscape photography"
– Robert Macfarlane, Author
Alex Boyd is a landscape and documentary photographer, printmaker and writer. His work is primarily concerned with the Scottish landscape. As a photographer his work examines the role of early Scottish landscape photographers, often using antique processes such as the Victorian wet-plate collodion process using antique cameras in mountain environments.
In 2019 he was awarded a Daiwa Foundation Scholarship to work and photograph the mountains of the Japan Alps centred on Mount Yari as well as shortlisted for the Hariban Award. He was the Mountain Photographer of the Year at the Kendal Mountain Festival in 2013, the UK's largest mountain festival. His work on the Cuillin mountains on the Isle of Skye as the Royal Scottish Academy's artist in Residence is in several National Collections. His work has been widely exhibited internationally with solo exhibitions at the Scottish Parliament, as well as group exhibitions at the Royal Academy, Royal Ulster Academy and the Royal Scottish Academy.
His work is held in the collections of the National Galleries of Scotland, The Royal Photographic Society, the Royal Scottish Academy, the V&A in London and the Yale Centre for British Arts in the USA. His first book St Kilda - The Silent Islands was recently shortlisted for a Saltire Award. His second book The Isle of Rust, a collaboration with writer Jonathan Meades was, like his first book, named as a photography book of the year by The Scotsman.
He is a Fellow of the National Library of Scotland, The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, and the Royal Society of Art. He is currently working on a PhD on Scottish Photography at Northumbria University, a selection of new books on The Faroe Islands, The Outer Hebrides. A collection of his Scottish and Irish collodion work is due out in 2021 as well as a solo exhibition 'Hesperus' at Stills, Scotland's Centre of Photography, in June 2020.
A contributing Arts Editor for The Island Review, Boyd has also written for Art North, The Modernist, Earthlines and many other publications.
WORK REPRESENTED IN THE FOLLOWING COLLECTIONS:
The National Galleries of Scotland, The Royal Scottish Academy, The Royal Photographic Society, The National Media Museum, The University of Glasgow, St Andrews University, North Ayrshire Council, Dumfries & Galloway Council, The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Sabhal Mor Ostaig, The University of the Highlands & Islands, Highland Print Studio, Cape Farewell, The Scottish Maritime Museum, NHS Greater Glasgow & New South Glasgow Hospitals, BC Partners, Cigna, The Yale Center for British Art, The V&A
NO INNOCENT LAND
The series 'No Innocent Land' is a journey across the islands of Scotland using an antique process to document the dramatic landscapes of Scotland.
Using a 100 year old camera, images have been made and developed by hand on mountain tops, in valleys, by the sides of lochs, and in some of Scotland's most beautiful landscapes.
A few exhibited prints from this series are available at MMX Gallery. Please view the works section above for availability and enquire for more information.