is an independent photographer, based in Edinburgh, whose work focuses on people and places. The National Portrait Galleries in London and Edinburgh have over fifty of his portraits in their permanent collections. The Australian National Portrait Gallery in Canberra has also acquired two of his portraits. His work has been shown widely in the UK and overseas including ‘Beyond Beirut’
, an exhibition commissioned by the British Council which was shown in London, the Middle East and North Africa. His work has been shown as part of exhibitions at the Leica Gallery in New York, the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries and the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
A number of award-winning writers have produced original work in response to his photographs including Jeanette Winterson (Oxford at Night, 2006), A. L. Kennedy (Evidence, 2006) and Janice Galloway (City Stories, 2008). ‘Oxford at Night’ was shown at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, the first exhibition in the museum’s history by a living photographer. He has recently collaborated with two leading poets: Plan B (Enitharmon Press, 2009) with the Pulitzer Prize-winner and former Professor of Poetry at Oxford, Paul Muldoon; Simonides, (Easel Press, 2011) with Robert Crawford, Professor of Modern Scottish Literature at the University of St Andrews.
Norman McBeath’s work in the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection can be seen here.