Verena Jaekel

Munawar Hayat with his Wife and Grandchildren, Glasgow, 28 June 2011 . From A Scottish Family Portrait series (2011)

About this artwork

A successful businessman, Munawar Hayat is member of the prosperous Sher family who own the largest cash-and-carry business in Scotland. The family came to Glasgow in 1938 as part of the initial wave of immigration to Scotland from Pakistan. Working originally as travelling salesmen, the company has expanded over two generations, employing many members of the extended family and creating an internationally renowned business in the process. This photograph is part of a series by photographer Verena Jaekel, who was commissioned to produce portraits of Scots of Pakistani heritage for the re-opening of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2011. Jaekel uses long exposures, and in this portrait has introduced a lovely sense of moment with the kicking feet of the baby girl.

  • title: Munawar Hayat with his Wife and Grandchildren, Glasgow, 28 June 2011 . From A Scottish Family Portrait series
  • accession number: PGP 779.9
  • 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.