Verena Jaekel

Bashir Ahmed Maan CBE (centre) with his Family, Glasgow, 19 June 2011. From A Scottish Family Portrait series (2011)

About this artwork

This striking photograph of one of the elder statesmen of the Glasgow Pakistani community was taken on Father’s Day. It shows Bashir Maan surrounded by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who travelled from across the United Kingdom to be with him for this portrait. The first ever Muslim councillor in the UK, Maan worked his way up from travelling salesman to managing director of a chain of grocery stores. Arriving in Scotland in 1953, he has accepted numerous civic appointments including being selected as the first ethnic minority Justice of the Peace in Scotland. In 1992 he published ‘The New Scots: The Story of Asians in Scotland’.

  • title: Bashir Ahmed Maan CBE (centre) with his Family, Glasgow, 19 June 2011. From A Scottish Family Portrait series
  • accession number: PGP 779.5
  • artist: Verena JaekelGerman (born 1980)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • date created: 2011
  • measurements: 110.00 x 86.00 cm
  • credit line: Commissioned by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery 2009

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.