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|19 January - 7 April 2002|
Stirling in the Sixties|
The Photographs of A D S MacPherson
The photographs in this exhibition show a very different picture of Stirling and Stirlingshire, although many of the scenes are recognisable. Arthur MacPherson was born in Grantown-on-Spey, where his father was a grocer and his mother an artist. The family later moved to Glasgow, where Arthur worked with a timber merchant and discovered his aptitude for photography when one of his first photographs won a prize from the Daily Express. He was a member of the YMCA and Partick Camera Clubs, both of which were highly regarded in the city.
After five years service in Italy and North Africa during the Second World War, A D S MacPherson started to earn a living as a freelance photographer for the national Press. He moved to Stirling where he took great delight in photographing both the old town and new developments such as the University, which opened in 1967. His work was highly regarded, and his photographs appeared in half page format in the Scotsman and Weekly Scotsman (a news digest which went world wide), as well as featuring in their annual calendars.
A D S MacPherson was a keen hill walker and cyclist, and in his work, travelled Scotland by motorbike to take fine photographs for Scotland's newspapers. All of his pictures were developed and processed in his home in Stirling, where he has continued to live since his retirement in 1982.
These photographs probably contributed to the development of modern tourism in Stirling. In the 1960s, the old town was unappreciated, and it was only after the Argylls moved from Stirling Castle in 1964 that the decision to restore the Great Hall was taken. A D S MacPherson's sharp and picturesque photographs of Stirling appearing regularly in the national press undoubtedly contributed to the reassessment of Stirling as a visitor destination.
It is fitting that the exhibition was opened by Dr Elaine Murray,
the new Deputy Minister whose portfolio includes both Tourism and
Culture. Dr. Murray said:
The Trustees and Friends of the Stirling Smith were delighted that Dr
Murray made time in her busy schedule to open the exhibition.
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