Stuart Franklin

Meadow with Ox-eye Daisies, Yellow Rattle and Knapweed, Oronsay

About this artwork

This strikingly beautiful image shows a meadow of wild flowers glowing in the warmth of the sun. It is part of a series commissioned by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery with the aim to capture the diversity of Scottish farming, ranging from large managed estates to family allotments. Most of Britain’s meadows were destroyed by the intensification of farming methods after the Second World War. Yet, increasingly, more meadows are now being re-sown, creating hospitable environments for a wide range of insects which are essential in the fertilisation of crops. Franklin’s spectacular photographs remind us of the significance of farming to the Scottish economy and its profound impact on the shape of the land.

Stuart Franklin

Stuart Franklin

Stuart Franklin is perhaps best known for taking one of the most iconic images of the twentieth century - a student defying a row of tanks in Tiananmen Square, for which he won a World Press Award. Franklin studied photography and film at West Surrey College of Art and Design, graduating in 1979. Later he studied Geography at Oxford University before completing a PhD in the subject in 2002. He began his career as a photographer in the 1980s as a correspondent for Sygma Agence Presse in Paris. His images of the Sudan famine in 1984-5 won great critical acclaim. In 1985 he joined Magnum Photos and went on to become president, a post he held from 2006-9. Since 2004 Franklin has focussed more exclusively on long-term projects often relating to his interest in geography.