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Name: Colin McPherson


Biography: Born in Edinburgh, Colin McPherson has been photographing in Scotland and abroad for more than a quarter of a century. He undertakes long-term projects alongside commissions and assignments for a number of newspapers and magazines and is represented by Getty Images. Colin’s work is published internationally and held in archives and collections such as the Scottish national photographic archive and the University of St. Andrews University Special Collections. His photography has been featured in more than 30 solo and group exhibitions and his major Document Scotland projects include A Fine Line, The Fall and Rise of Ravenscraig and When Saturday Comes, the last of which was his contribution to the collective’s 2015-16 exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery entitled The Ties That Bind.

Project information: Catching the Tide was a long-term project carried out by photographer Colin McPherson to document salmon net fishing in Scotland. McPherson began his work in 1995 and the project continued until 2007 during and after which the photography was exhibited in Scotland and published worldwide. In 2016, the Scottish Government imposed a three-year moratorium on coastal net fishing for salmon and sea trout, forcing most of the few remaining netting stations to close.

The once-thriving Scottish salmon netting industry fell into decline in the 1970s and 1980s when the numbers of fish caught reduced due to environmental and economic reasons. By 2007, only a handful of men still caught wild salmon and sea trout using traditional methods, mainly for export to the Continent.

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