Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

Thoughts & stories from a hard working editorial, corporate, portrait, reportage photographer based in Glasgow, Scotland. T.+44-(0)7831-138817

November 23, 2015
by Admin

‘Klondykers in Shetland’

*** New just in! There’s going to be a second edition of the book printed. Another 150 are being printed to meet demands! You can order them here. ***

My fourth Café Royal Book was released last Thursday, and very nicely sold out overnight! Thank you everyone for your interest and support.

Klondykers in Shetland 1994‘ is the last collaboration from myself and Craig Atkinson at Café Royal for this year. If you do wish to try and get your hands on one then Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow, the shop at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, and possibly Foyles in London, have limited numbers still I believe.

Klondykers, Shetland 1994
Release Date 18.11.15
28 pages
14cm x 20cm
b/w digital
Edition of 150



“There’s blue on red, red on red, green on black, and that one over there is just rust on rust”, chortled the Coast Guard helicopter pilot as we flew over the waters of the Shetland isles and looked down on the fleet of East European ‘Klondyker’ fish factory ships all moored, all awaiting the arrival of the silver fish.

It was the early 1990’s, Communism had collapsed and new economies were struggling in Eastern Europe. Ships had been sent to Scottish waters to buy up the mackerel and herring catches, and take them back frozen or tinned to feed Bulgaria, Romania and the countries of the former Soviet bloc.




But the arrival of the Klondykers as they were known was gaining unwanted attention, ships were running aground all too frequently on the rocks of Shetland, and on visits into port others were detained, deemed as being unseaworthy. With ships impounded, and without work, crews went unpaid, and the men speaking no English drifted to the garbage dumps to look for items which could be salvaged, recycled, and taken back to Eastern Europe.

I went to the Shetland twice, around 1994, to photograph, both times on assignment, badgering fish merchant agents to take me out to the ships on their speedboats when they visited to cut deals with Bulgarian skippers. Or another time I agreed with the Coast Guard to be used as ‘live practice’, to be lowered by harness and winch onto a moving ship in exchange for getting up in their helicopter to shoot aerial shots of the Klondyker fleet. I readily agreed, for the excitement, for the adventure, and for the access knowing that Colin Jacobson, then picture editor at the Independent Saturday Magazine, would never hire me a helicopter.


Cyrillic signs hung in Lerwick town centre, telling the men of the Klondykers where they could find the Fisherman’s Mission, where they could find God, cups of tea and some help, and you could spot the men as they walked the town, in their Eastern European fashions of leather jackets and jeans. Up at the garbage dump I photographed as islanders drove up to offer the Klondyker men old televisions and electronics, or just to stop by and bring them cigarettes and gifts.





Out on the ships I got lucky and found myself on a ship crewed by Romanians, and I managed to use the little Romanian language skills I’d learned while working on another project outside of Bucharest. I chatted with the ship’s doctor, and he played his accordion for me, we toured the ship, and I photographed as men and women worked, cleaning the mackerel which had just arrived, or played table tennis as they awaited more fish.

The ships have gone now, but the word Klondyker still holds resonance in the Shetland, and of course upon the rocks are the ships which never left.


Visit Café Royal Books website.

A small article about ‘Klondykers in Shetland’ ran in the Shetland News last week when the book was released, with a few comments from myself.

November 5, 2015
by Admin

Nelson Mandela in Glasgow – book.

I’m very pleased to let you know that the black and white images I took of Nelson Mandela, in Glasgow in 1993, when he came to here to receive the Freedom of the City (and which I’ve written about previously), have been published as a little book by the industrious Craig Atkinson at Café Royal Books.

On November 21st at Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow,  from 2-4pm, I’ll be doing a Q&A about my recent publications with Café Royal, as well as my Unsullied And Untarnished book. Fellow photographers Sophie Gerrard and Simon Crofts will also be there talking of their recent publications.


Jeremy Sutton Hibbert— Nelson Mandela Glasgow 1993

Jeremy Sutton Hibbert— Nelson Mandela Glasgow 1993

Jeremy Sutton—Hibbert
Nelson Mandela Glasgow 1993
28 pages
14cm x 20cm
b/w digital
Edition of 150

Available from Café Royal Books, in limited numbers.

Jeremy Sutton Hibbert— Nelson Mandela Glasgow 1993

Jeremy Sutton Hibbert— Nelson Mandela Glasgow 1993

Jeremy Sutton Hibbert— Nelson Mandela Glasgow 1993

Jeremy Sutton Hibbert— Nelson Mandela Glasgow 1993

Jeremy Sutton Hibbert— Nelson Mandela Glasgow 1993

Jeremy Sutton Hibbert— Nelson Mandela Glasgow 1993

Jeremy Sutton Hibbert— Nelson Mandela Glasgow 1993

A few copies are also on sale at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, where the Document Scotland ‘The Ties That Bind‘ show continues, and Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, have some of the Mandela books also.

October 19, 2015
by Admin

Portrait shoot with Johanna Basford.

How do you fancy being an artist, a creator, who has sold more than 7 million copies of books of your black and white drawings? Nice huh? Average photobook is printed in runs of 1,000. But black and white drawings for adults to colour? Seven Million. Count them.

Scottish artist Johanna Basford has done just that. Since leaving her art studies she’s has gone on to become a hugely successful artist and creator of books such as ‘Lost Ocean’ and ‘Secret Garden’.

I recently paid a visit to her studio, north of Aberdeen, Scotland, for a portrait shoot for The Times (who have run the resulting image today). The photography brief for the shoot was to get a  nice portrait, lit, from in Johanna Basford’s studio, something which could work on a cover and inside. And also to get an alternate shot.

The studio was clean, bright, nice, a bit of a god-send really. Trouble was the ceiling was angled and very low, made putting up a softbox on a stand a little tricky, but not the end of the world. I shot a few portraits, a few variations, making sure to get the studio feel and some of Johanna’s drawings.

Johanna Basford in her artist studio, in today's The Times.

Johanna Basford in her artist studio, in today’s The Times.

Then we nipped outside, into the glorious landscape which inspires a lot of the details in Johanna’s work and books. This shot was pretty much the last I shot, as we walked back towards her farmhouse studio, something more candid, something a little more loose to give the picture editor options of feel and style.


See the full set of photographs of Johanna Basford, artist and illustrator.


September 5, 2015
by Admin

Unsullied And Untarnished

Unsullied And Untarnished, by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

Unsullied And Untarnished, by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert


Ian Borthwick, Emblem Bearer of the Barley Banna', Langholm Common Riding, Scotland, 2014. From the project and new book 'Unsullied And Untarnished'.

Ian Borthwick, Emblem Bearer of the Barley Banna’, Langholm Common Riding, Scotland, 2014. From the project and new book ‘Unsullied And Untarnished’.

To coincide with Document Scotland’s ‘The Ties That Bind‘ show at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh (until 24th April 2016), I’ve published a book of photographs from my recent project ‘Unsullied And Untarnished‘.

The info below, with a couple of spreads, gives you a flavour of the book which contains mainly portraiture with some reportage. I’ve been fortunate and feel honoured that photojournalist Harry Benson, honorary patron of Document Scotland, has written a little foreword for the book, and Alex Massie, Scotland editor of The Spectator, has written a beautiful essay for the book which explains the Common Riding festivals, and what they mean to the participants and communities. It’s a great essay.

The book can be ordered via my website, or via the buttons below. Thank you for taking a look, and if you’ve any questions please drop me a note. At the foot of the page there is a list of shops which also stock Unsullied And Untarnished.

The book has featured in various press over the past weeks, including a review of Unsullied And Untarnished by Dr. Katherine Parhar on Photomonitor.

Unsullied And Untarnished


Unsullied And Untarnished’ – A photographic portrait of the people of the towns of the Scottish Borders who each year undertake the maintaining of tradition, commemorating their local history and strengthening the bonds of their communities, during the annual Common Riding festivals of the summer months.

Braw Lassies and Honest Lads, Left Hand Lassies and Right Hand Men, Cornets, Hunters and Coldstreamers – all titles given to the upstanding youths who lead the festivities, and whose duty it is to carry the burgh or town standard around the common lands, to “bring it back unsullied and untarnished”.

ISBN: 978-0-9933742-0-3
96-pages, hardback, embossed cover.
58 Photos.
Foreword by photojournalist Harry Benson CBE
Essay by Alex Massie (Scotland editor of The Spectator)
RRP: £16.95

‘Unsullied And Untarnished’ forms Jeremy’s contribution to Document Scotland’s ‘The Ties That Bind’ photography exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, until 24th April 2016.
@DocuScotland #NGSTiesThatBind




“Jeremy’s interest lies in photographing people both in their own environment and in the more tightly drawn framework of individual portraiture. In his new book Jeremy turns his camera on the Common Riding festivals of the Scottish Borders and goes in-depth to reveal the myriad of people who are a part of this historical tradition. It is with this book that Jeremy continues the steadfast tradition of Document Scotland.” – Excerpt from Unsullied And Untarnished foreword by photojournalist Harry Benson CBE.


Unsullied And Untarnished, by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

Three excerpts from essay, Unsullied And Untarnished, by Alex Massie:

 “Some of these ridings and festivals are ancient, stretching back five centuries and more. Others are more modern but, whatever their roots and antiquity, they have something in common. They are annual gatherings of remembrance and celebration; affirmations that though these may be small places there is nothing small about coming from Kelso or Galashiels, Lauder or Langholm.”

 “These festivals are not flashy, for the Border towns are not flashy places….They are an argument for the small places – none of the Border towns, not even Galashiels and Hawick can count as metropolises – and the importance and permanence of place. They maintain the golden threads that stretch back through the ages to a time when the world was a younger place. These festivals are the guardians and custodians of memory and without memory, what does identity matter?”

“Every Common Riding is unique yet, in this important respect, each is just the same as last year’s festivities. These are the permanent things; the ties that bind a people together, that insist upon the specialness of a particular small patch of Scotland. They are the things that make a difference, the things that matter most.
And if you listen carefully you will still hear the hoofbeats of history commanding us to remember and celebrate who we are and whence we have come.”


Unsullied And Untarnished, by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert


Unsullied And Untarnished, by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

On Twitter @UnsulliedUntarn

Unsullied And Untarnished




Shops and galleries stocking Unsullied And Untarnished:

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh.

Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh.

Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow.

Impressions Gallery, Bradford.

Main Street Books, St. Boswells.

Mason’s of Melrose, Melrose.

Forest Bookstore, Selkirk.

Vortigern Margate, Margate.

September 3, 2015
by Admin

Document Scotland & Café Royal Books

I’m pleased to announce that my latest publication with Café Royal Books, North Sea Fishing, forms part of a limited edition box set along with books by my Document Scotland colleagues.

Published and released to coincide with Document Scotland’s The Ties That Bind exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, the box set is now available for pre-order.

North Sea Fishing will also be available by itself, outwith the box set, but not until October I believe.





The Document Scotland 2015 box set contains the following:

Sancta Maria Abbey, Nunraw — Colin McPherson
36 pages, b/w

Tunnock’s — Sophie Gerrard
28 pages, colour

Dookits — Stephen McLaren
28 pages, colour

North Sea Fishing — Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert
36 pages, b/w



Each individual title is an edition of 150.
Boxed set is an edition of 50.

Published on the occasion of Document Scotland: The Ties That Bind at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, September 2015 — April 2016.