Joe Rock

James McLurg Monument, Greyfriars Churchyard, Edinburgh (1990)

About this artwork

In 1990 Joe Rock was commissioned to photograph all the monuments in Greyfriars Churchyard in aid of their preservation. Rock is interested in Greyfriars as an architectural historian and his imagery focuses on the structure and design of the graveyard's various monuments. He also draws our attention to the process of decay by which, despite human effort, the graveyard is slowly being reclaimed by nature; as in this picture we are confronted by the weather-worn stone of the James McLurg Monument.

  • title: James McLurg Monument, Greyfriars Churchyard, Edinburgh
  • accession number: PGP 152.7
  • artist: Joe RockScottish (born 1948)
  • gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(Print Room)
  • object type: Photograph
  • materials: Silver gelatine print
  • date created: 1990
  • measurements: 40.40 x 30.00 cm; mounted: 55.60 x 40.60 cm
  • credit line: Presented by the photographer 1994

Joe Rock

Joe Rock

Joe Rock was born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland in 1948, moving with his parents to Australia in 1955. He joined the RAF in 1970 where he was an aerial photography operator for five years. From 1979 to 2001 he was a Senior Photographer at the University of Edinburgh and he continues to work as photographer and cultural historian. Besides his own research and curatorial work on the Greek Revival architect, Thomas Hamilton, and the Victorian photographer, Thomas Vernon Begbie, he has provided photographic contributions to many art history publications. His series of photographs taken in Greyfriars Churchyard was commissioned by Mrs Eleanor Robertson.