Portraits From Childhoods 1991-2021
Sept 4 – Oct 2
This exhibition brings together a collection of Margaret Mitchell’s photographs of children taken over the past 30 years. Selected from various projects and including both black and white and colour work, these are portraits from diverse places and experiences of childhood that offer glimpses into young lives, their environments and sometimes into young minds. From a sister and her baby brother in 1991 through to a teen mum holding her own son nearly 30 years later. These are childhoods lived across both rural and urban environments. In a youth club, a favourite place, a first day at school, paused during play, lost in thought. Shown in the places where their childhoods play out; against a flat landscape on a Scottish island or a similar endless horizon in the Netherlands.
Across different places, different times, different lives. Across childhoods.
Margaret Mitchell is a Scottish documentary and portrait photographer. Projects range from exploring communities and children’s worlds through to long-term projects on social environment, opportunity and inequality. Her work explores the intricacies and complexities of people’s lives with a particular emphasis on place and belonging.
Work has been exhibited widely and has received a number of awards including from the Sony World Photography Awards and the Royal Photographic Society. Her book ‘Passage’ was published by Bluecoat Press in 2021. Alongside working on personal projects, recent clients include the Guardian, Telegraph Magazine and Shelter Scotland. Work is held in the permanent collections of the National Galleries of Scotland and the Martin Parr Foundation.