Ian Hamilton Finlay
and David Paterson:
list of the major groups of photographic images produced
The garden at Little Sparta
has been photographed on a frequent basis since the summer
1973, mainly in black-and-white. Two sets of images were
produced specifically for books:
(West Coast Poetry
Review, 1975) - 75 monochrome images, introduced by
Dr Stephen Bann, with translations into French and
Press, 1995) - 22 monochrome images.
Many hundreds of other
images have been produced, most of which are unpublished,
some of which have been used on an ad hoc basis for cards,
etc. Another set of garden
images were specially produced for the exhibition
Nature Over Again
shown at the Collins Exhibition Hall in Glasgow in 1980.
Colour and monochrome images
of the garden were also used in the book Ian Hamilton Finlay - A Visual
Abrioux; Reaktion Books, 1985). This book also used a number
of images of works shot
in a gallery or studio situation.
A Mast of Hankies
(1974) - a series of
monochrome images of model sailing-boats.
Max Planck Institute,
Frankfurt (1975) - monochrome images of a major Finlay
installation of outdoor works; mostly unpublished.
A Boy's Alphabet Book
(Coach House Press,
1976) - 26 monochrome images of model
ships, aircraft etc, by Finlay, photographed by
After . . .
. - a series of titled monochrome
landscape images produced for the
1977 Serpentine Gallery exhibition.
Funnels (Wild Hawthorn Press, 1998) - 24 mono
images of model fishing-boat funnels.
Mainz (1998) - a
series of mono images of a major Finlay installation of
neo-classical sculpture within a permanent exhibit of Roman
artefacts; published 2000.
In addition to these groups
of images, many other single images and small sets of
mainly of indoor works, were produced during the 1970s
and'80s for cards, exhibition
catalogues and other ad hoc uses. Many more are unpublished.
These are being more fully
documented at the moment. Enquiries from collections, art
institutions, universities and
researchers should be made by e-mail to the address