Edwin Smith, a genius at photography

Edwin Smith, a genius at photography

Join us for our joint lecture with The Aperture Trust!

Venue: St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church, 13 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PA
Time: 6.30pm
Cost: £5 (Students free). Non-members welcome. Members may attend 6 lectures for £25.

When, in 1966, Edinburgh University Press published “The Making of Classical Edinburgh” by Professor A J Youngson with specially commissioned photographs by Edwin Smith, few could have foreseen the impact the book would have on moves to save Edinburgh’s Georgian New Town. John Summerson described Edwin Smith as “A genius at photography” and his work was widely published. The collection of Smith’s images was donated by his widow, Olive Cook, to the RIBA, and we are fortunate to have as a speaker Valeria Carullo, Curator of the Robert Elwall Photographs Collection at the RIBA British Architecture Library. An exhibition at the City Art Centre (November 2019 – March 2020) titled Classical Edinburgh features a selection of Smith’s photographs plus new images by Colin McLean. This is a joint lecture with The Aperture Trust.


View the 2019/20 programme of talks here


‘Classical Edinburgh’ © Colin McLean