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Artist Talk: David Michalek

Presented in partnership with Summerhall, a rare opportunity to get an in depth perspective on the entire making of the multi-faceted visual work Figure Studies by celebrated American artist David Michalek.

A special and very comprehensive discussion about the genesis of the concept, the research and development of the methodology, the casting process and production of the work paying homage to the cinematic and photographic pioneers Eadweard Muybridge and Etienne Jules-Marey.

Presentation followed by Q&A session. Further exhibition information is available here 

To book a place please click here 


Image Figure Studies, David Michalek (2011) Image courtesy the artist.


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Beyond Words Pop-up Photography Bookshop

Slide show: 
Beyond Words at Stills, Summer 2011
Beyond Words at Stills, Christmas 2011
Martin Parr Book Signing. Monday 6th August, 2012





3 to 28 August


Beyond Words will be displaying and selling a selection of the finest contemporary photographic books from publishers such as Nazraeli, Steidl, Mack, Dewi Lewis, Aperture, Hatje Cantz, Kehrer, Superlabo and Twin Palms.

Will include limited editions and signed copies.



Martin Parr Book Signing


Martin Parr, one of Britain’s best-known and most widely published photographers, and a leading authority on photo books, will be signing copies of his books, including his two latest, No Worries! and Up and Down Peachtree.







For more information, contact Neil McIlwraith,; background-color: transparent; color: #222222; background-position: 100% 50%; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;"> or 01620 895985.

Beyond Words ran a photographic bookshop on Cockburn Street for 15 years till the summer of 2010 and is now a specialist online photographic book retailer.


Under Light and Shadow

Under Light and Shadow is an alternative film event inspired by ThisCollection, a project involving film, poetry and the city of Edinburgh. Filmmakers adapt poems from This Collection Archive and translate words into visual language. Instead of having a conventional screening, the event constructs a space as video installation. The short films screen in loops within five hours.

Viewers can join the screening anytime from 2 to 7pm.

The presentation of the films is complemented by a filmmaking workshop with Oliver Benton providing an introduction to basic filmmaking skills an opportunity to express yourself using mobile phone camera or digital camera.

Day/Date: Saturday, 23rd June.

Installation runs from: 2 to 7pm

Filmmaking Workshop: 3-6pm

Out of the Blue Drill Hall 
36, Dalmeny Street, 
EH6 8RG, Edinburgh 

Admission for both events are free. We believe that art is an educational tool and must be accessible for everyone. As space for workshop is limited registration is required.
Please register through an online form or email for the free filmmaking workshop 

For more details About the Event please visit our website,  or join our facebook page for more updates.

World Pinhole Photography Day

Slide show: 
Careful preperation
Pinhole Self-portraits
Develop images in the darkroom (too dark to take pictures!)
Suitable for kids of all ages!
Beautiful abstract pinhole pictures, positives and negatives!


Sunday 29th April, 2012

Join us between 12pm & 4pm for a free drop-in pinhole workshop.

Led by Stills' artists you will create pinhole images using our traditional darkrooms.

All equipment will be provided, suitable for all ages, through adult supervision will be required.

For more information about how you can get involved with World Pinhole Photography Day have a look at their website.


Language with Flowers Open-Day


Sunday 8 April, 2012

12pm - 5pm, FREE

Join us for the Language with Flowers open-day where you can participate in calligraphy and screen printing workshops. 

Everyone who joins in will get the opportunity to experiment with screen printing onto their own canvas bag and try their hand at calligraphy using traditional tools and techniques.

No need to book - just turn up on the day and join in!

Activities are suitable for all ages but adult supervision will be required.


Edinburgh Pinhole Photography Festival

5-17 March, 2012
Edinburgh Botanic Gardens, Stills, Camera Obscura


Stills are pleased to be delivering an Advanced Pinhole Workshop in conjunction with the Edinburgh Pinhole Photography Festival.

The Edinburgh Pinhole Photography Festival is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to explore the simple and magical process of Pinhole Photography. There will be open drop-in workshops held in the Botanic Gardens, a chance to experiment with Ilfords new Titan 5x4 pinhole camera with direct positive paper and an opportunity to take your pinhole photography to the next level with Stills advanced course.

For full details have a look on the Pinhole Photography Festival website, and watch this space for more news!

The Globalisation and Art Lectures; Richard Williams

Friday 3rd February, 2012, 6pm

For this lecture series art historians, photographers, artists and visual culture specialists have been invited to examine the intersections between art and the social realities produced by globalisation. All of the lectures are FREE.

To book a place on any of these free lectures please email

Richard Williams: A Modern Ruin - the ‘United States’ in Philadelphia
Focus Space artist Richard Williams presents an informal lecture on his current exhibition in Stills’ Focus Space which draws together his personal connections to the material and his writing on the contemporary built environment and globalisation.

The 'United States' is one of the sights of contemporary Philadelphia. One of remarkably few surviving transatlantic liners, it is a monument to a heroic industrial age in which the US itself was indubitably in the ascendant. In its present condition, semi-derelict, and moored opposite a retail park that could be anywhere in the world, it has a lot to say about the violent transformation of industrial societies over the past 40 years. Richard Williams’ talk will introduce the 'United States' for those who don't know it, and speculates on its past, present, and uncertain future.

Richard Williams is Professor of Contemporary Visual Cultures at The University of Edinburgh. His books include The Anxious City (2004) and Brazil: Modern Architectures in History (2009). Though his published work invariably features his own photographs United States is his first public exhibition

Beyond Words Christmas Shop at Stills

This December Stills has teamed up with Beyond Words to bring you a fantastic range of photography books. Whether you are looking for a perfect Christmas present, or treating yourself, come in and have a browse.

Nadav Kander: Yangtze River Joel Sternfeld: First Pictures  Saul Leiter: Early Colour   Jeffery Conley: Winter  Bruce Davidson: Subway  Huangshan   Vivian Maier

    Blakemore  William Eggleston: For Now  Corey Arnold: Fish Work      Michael Kena: Images of the Seventh Day  Sandra Kantanen: Landscapes  Francesca Woodman's Notebook

The Latin American Photobook  Letting go of the camera  On Being a Photographer  Steinmetz: Summertime  Andy Sewell: The Heath  Francesca Woodman  Bill Schwab: Gathering Calm

The diverse selection will cater to every taste whether you are after a rare, signed edition of John Blakemore's first major retrospective, the first publication of newly discovered street photography by Vivian Maier or a beautiful hardback showcasing largely unseen early colour photography by Joel Sternfeld. For those who are indecisive why not pick one of each from the pocket sized PHOTOFILE collection?

Opening Hours

1 Dec  - 18 Dec 11am - 6pm (8pm Late night shopping on Thursday 1 Dec and Thurs 8 Dec)
19 Dec - 23 Dec 11am - 7pm


Focus Space Richard Williams: United States

Focus Space Richard Williams: United States
Saturday 12 November 2011 – Sunday 18 March 2012
Launch Event: Friday 25 November, 6.30pm

For Stills’ Focus Space Richard Williams will exhibit a series of photographs and artefacts that examine the past, present and future of the once glamorous ship, the SS United States. The last, and fastest, ocean liner built by the US, its decaying 990-foot structure is now moored opposite an IKEA store at Pier 82 in the great port of Philadelphia, a place full of ruins of the industrial age.

Image United States 3 (2011) Richard Williams

Stills Artist Talk, Edoardo Agresti and Gianluca Capri

Monday 31 October 7pm Free

Please join us for a fascinating insight into the practice of two of Italy's most successful photographers.

Edoardo Agresti is a partner of Nikon Professional Service and teaches for Nikon School Travel as well as exhibiting internationally and has published in several international magazines and travel guides.

Gianluca Capri studied in Paris in 1998 and has since exhibited internationally including Artisti in Campo (2008), Gallery Park Palace, Monte Carlo (2009) and has received awards such as Venice International Photo Contest (2007).

The two photographers have presented exhibitions of recent works at The English Speaking Union and The Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh to raise funds for Oxfam's 'Light Gives Life' initiative.

Refreshments will be served


The Italian Cultural Institute of Edinburgh presents the photography of Edoardo Agresti and Gianluca Capri.

All works are for sale and proceeds will contribute to the work of OXFAM.

Please join us for the Exhibition closing event at The English Speaking Union
Friday 28 October 6pm. All welcome.
Refreshments will be served

Exhibition venues:
The Italian Cultural Institute, 82 Nicholson Street, Edinburgh

English Speaking Union Scotland, 23 Atholl Crescent, Edinburgh


Image, 'Light Gives Life', Edoardo Agresti, 2011



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