Classical Edinburgh

9 November 2019 to 8 March 2020

City Art Centre


This exhibition is a celebration of Edinburgh’s neo-classical architecture, as seen through the eyes of two architectural photographers, working half a cen­tury apart. Edwin Smith (1912-72), once described as “a genius at photography” provided the photographs for The Making of Classical Edinburgh by A J Youngson, published in 1966. Colin McLean has spent the last two years re-interpreting Smith’s evocative black and white images. The exhibition will be a homage to Smith’s photography, and a reflection on the changes in Edinburgh’s townscape over the last 50 years. It is accompanied by a new publication, and a varied events programme. A revised edition of Youngson’s ground-breaking book is also being published to coincide with the exhibition.


Winning entries from a public photographic competition, supported by Jessops, will be shown alongside Classical Edinburgh.

Classical Edinburgh

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Classical Edinburgh Photography Competition

Wed 17 Jul to Sun 15 Sep 2019

This is an opportunity for local Edinburgh photographers and students studying photography in Edinburgh to be part of our forthcoming exhibition...

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Eric Cruikshank, 'Untitled', 2019. © the artist

In Conversation: Beneath the Surface

Saturday 11 January 2020, 2:00pm

2 - 3pm 

To accompany Beneath the Surface, Brian Robertson, curator at Zembla Gallery, will chair a discussion among six of the...

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