Verena Jaekel

Aamer Anwar with his Family, Glasgow 29 August 2010. From A Scottish Family Portrait series (2010 - 2011)

About this artwork

Describing himself as a mixture of Scouser, Scot and Pakistani, depending on where he is at the time, Aamer Anwar moved to Glasgow from Liverpool in 1986. A prominent lawyer, Anwar has spent his professional life campaigning against racism and injustice, alongside working to help asylum seekers. He fought to close Dungavel Detention Centre and is an activist with the Stop the War Coalition. This photograph shows Anwar and his wife in their traditional Pakistani wedding clothes, with their son nestled between them. This is very much a family scene, yet there is also a luxuriousness reflected through the patterns and textures of their clothes and surroundings. On the wall behind there is a photograph of the couple on their wedding day.

  • title: Aamer Anwar with his Family, Glasgow 29 August 2010. From A Scottish Family Portrait series
  • accession number: PGP 779.1
  • artist: Verena JaekelGerman (born 1980)
  • gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(On Display)
  • object type: Photograph
  • subject: Children Families
  • materials: Digital C-type print
  • date created: 2010 - 2011
  • measurements: 110.00 x 86.00 cm
  • credit line: Commissioned by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery 2009
  • copyright: © Verena Jaekel

Verena Jaekel

Verena Jaekel

German photographer, Verena Jaekel, studied at the Lette-Verein, Berlin, and gradutated in 2004. Jaekel is a classic documentary photographer, observing scenes with great technical precision and like many of her generation, she is influenced by the Dusseldorf School of Photography. Since graduating her career has flourished, winning the prestigious Wüstenrot Foundation prize for documentary photography in 2005-6 and her portraits have been exhibited globally. Jaekel favours working with a large format film camera with her main subject interests including migration, religion and gender.