Sze Tsung Leong

Quiraing I, Isle of Skye from the series Horizons (2007)

About this artwork

This work is part of Leong’s ‘Horizons’ series - an interchangeable sequence of photographs of natural and urban environments from around the world which, when hung together create a potentially infinite landscape. It shows the Quiraing, an area of incredible rock formations on the Trotternish Peninsula on the Isle of Skye. For the series Leong seeks out the broadest viewpoint and captures the scene with the horizon always occupying the same position in the composition. This allows the images to be displayed as a series with one view linking on to the next. Leong describes the horizon line as the “basis by which the earth’s surface is comprehended from an individual’s point of view.”

  • title: Quiraing I, Isle of Skye from the series Horizons
  • accession number: PGP 820.1
  • artist: Sze Tsung LeongAmerican (born 1970)
  • gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(On Display)
  • object type: Photograph
  • subject: Mountains
  • materials: Chromogenic Colour Print
  • date created: 2007
  • measurements: 35.56 x 60.96 cm
  • credit line: Part gift of the photographer
  • copyright: (Artist name, title, date) © Sze Tsung Leong, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

Sze Tsung Leong

Sze Tsung Leong

Sze Tsung Leong was born in Mexico City but grew up in the United States and Britain. From 1987-9 he attended Art Center College of Design, California, before going on to gain degrees in architecture at the University of California at Berkeley in 1993 and Harvard University in 1998. Leong’s interest in architecture and in particular perspective drawing is visible in his photographic work. His ‘Horizons’ series is an interchangeable sequence of photographs of natural and urban environments from around the world which, when hung together creates a potentially infinite landscape. Other projects include ‘Cities’, which depicts urban landscapes and ‘History Images’ which focuses on cities as documents of history, a recording of history in urban form.