Dennis Coutts : Sixties Revisited

Bonhoga marks the start of its 20th anniversary celebrations with the opening of the first show of 2014. Dennis Coutts returns with another showcase of captivating images from the 1960s in Shetland. After the huge success of Sixties’ Exposure at Bonhoga in 2012, Dennis agreed to revisit this prolific era for this sequel exhibition.

All the photographs in the show have been laboriously hand-printed in the darkroom by John Coutts, Dennis’ son, resulting in a beautiful body of work, with over 50 striking images of life in pre-oil era Shetland. All the photographs are for sale, mounted and signed by Dennis, another opportunity to obtain a traditional print from this unique archive.

Dennis worked as a commercial photographer from his studio on The Street, established in 1959, combining press photography with family portraiture, social reportage and his own interests in natural history and the landscape. Dennis’ incredible talent for photography – particularly portraiture – is highlighted by the quality of composition, at a time when the art of photography was quite different to that of the digital age today.

This exhibition is on at Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland from the 18th January – 2nd March 2014.

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