The Constructed Worlds of Calum Colvin. Symbol, Allegory, Myth,
Luath Press, 2019
Calum Colvin RSA is an internationally-renowned Scottish artist who has challenged the boundaries of the photographic medium. In recognition of this achievement Tom Normand HRSA has completed a study of Colvin’s photography titled The Constructed Worlds of Calum Colvin: Symbol, Allegory, Myth. This book is a thematic exploration of Colvin’s photography; recognising its complexity, intrigue, erudition and humour.
Dr Tom Normand HRSA is an art historian specialising in British, and especially Scottish art, photography and culture. He is the author of several books including Portfolio: Treasures from the Diploma Collection at the Royal Scottish Academy (Edinburgh, 2012); Scottish Photography: A History (Edinburgh, 2007); Ken Currie: Details of a Journey (London, 2002); Calum Colvin: Ossian, Fragments of Ancient Poetry (Edinburgh, 2002); and The Modern Scot: Modernism and Nationalism in Scottish Art 1928-1955 (London, 2000). He is Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Art History at the University of St Andrews and is an Honorary Member of the Royal Scottish Academy.
Reviewed below by Frederic Ogee for the Summer 2020 edition of ‘Studies in Photography’.
The Scottish Society for the History of Photography was established in 1983 with a key objective in mind: to further the interest, understanding, and pleasure in both historic and contemporary photography. SSHoP wants to expand local Scottish photography and bring international talent into this community. To that end, SSHoP organises lectures, workshops, visits to private collections, launch events, and exhibitions.
The Society also publishes a bi-annual journal, Studies in Photography, as a catalyst to discourse on Scottish photography. The journal includes articles, interviews, and book reviews of Scottish and international interest, with an aim to consider both historical and contemporary practices.