Man with Kale (Murray Johnston). Arbroath, Scotland, 1986. Pt-pd print on 100% cellulose (Fabriano 5) from original 8x10 negative.

Man with Kale (Murray Johnston). Arbroath, Scotland, 1986. Pt-pd print on 100% cellulose (Fabriano 5) from original 8×10 negative.

Murray was one of my dearest friends in Scotland, and a tremendously important shaper of Scottish photography over the last few decades of the 20th century. There is so much I should say about Murray, much of it still laden with regret for not having spent more time with him, some of it still from puzzlement – this image seems a portent of the illness that took his life, and always, even in the photograph here, Murray’s painful, gut-clutching sense of humor.

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Man with Kale (Murray Johnston). Arbroath, Scotland, 1986. Pt-pd print on 100% cellulose (Fabriano 5) from original 8x10 negative.