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Past exhibitions 2017

‌Encountering Africa: Henri Gaden’s Life and Photography in Colonial French West Africa, 1894 - 1939

5 October 2017  - 25 February 2018
Henri Gaden was a French colonial officer who lived in West Africa for 45 years. An ethnographer, linguist and gifted photographer, Gaden captured on camera a rich variety of encounters with Africa – from landscapes, architecture and trade to military campaigns and colonial life at numerous outposts. He also documented everyday village life, local music, dance and ritual. Gaden’s striking photographic images, exhibited for the first time, provide rare insights into colonial French West Africa and its people.




Victorian Visions: Discovery and Restoration in St Andrews

14 March - 17 September 2017

Journey through the streets of Victorian St Andrews and discover the restorations that have been carried out on the famous Old Course and the University buildings.  Marvel at the archaeological wonders found in the Cathedral ruins and see the sights of the town through the eyes of its first photographers.


 Scotland Through the Lens:  175 Years of Documentary Photography

  2 September 2016 - May 2017

 Scotland Through the Lens explores local and national history as captured by Scottish photographers. Come and take a closer look at photographs of people working at sea, living on the land and the development of urban spaces over the past 175 years. The exhibition is drawn from the Special Collections at the University of St Andrews Library and highlights the way in which documentary photography offers alternative ways of seeing, recording and understanding the events and situations that have shaped our world.