Organic Pig Farming, Elgin
About this artwork
Here, Franklin has photographed an organic pig farm in the North East of Scotland. With her pink fleshy skin, oversized ears and twitchy snout the pig in the foreground is the main focal point within the desolate, muddy landscape. It is part of a series of photographs commissioned by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2007 to capture the diversity of Scottish farming, ranging from large managed estates to family allotments. The photographer, Stuart Franklin, traced the environmental damage caused by intensive forestry in the Trossachs and the impact of mobile phone masts on the landscape near Montrose.
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.