Verena Jaekel

Shaheen Unis with her Husband and Grandchildren, Edinburgh, 19 June 2011. From A Scottish Family Portrait series (2011)

About this artwork

Amongst her many achievements, Shaheen Unis co-founded the Edinburgh Mela. She first came to Britain from Lahore in 1967 as a young bride aged sixteen. Settling in Edinburgh in 1971, she credits her father and grandmother with the entrepreneurial spirit which inspired her to found her flourishing Asian catering company. Although she does not describe herself as Scottish, Unis feels that having settled here for so many years, her loyalty lies with Scotland and it is her duty to give back to the community. This photograph shows Unis with her husband and grandchildren at home in Edinburgh. There is a warmth to the picture which reflects the close knit family unit.

  • title: Shaheen Unis with her Husband and Grandchildren, Edinburgh, 19 June 2011. From A Scottish Family Portrait series
  • accession number: PGP 779.10
  • artist: Verena JaekelGerman (born 1980)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • materials: digital C-type print
  • date created: 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.