Ron O'Donnell

Ron O’Donnell began as a sharp, obsessive photographer of the seamier and crazier sides of life on and off the streets of Edinburgh. Then he realised he didn’t have to hang around and wait for things to happen - he could create bizarre incidents and photograph them himself. Slowly but surely creativity took over from observation.   The situations he created got bigger and bigger and so did his photographs, until he was able to incorporate all he wanted to say about the Scotland he saw around him, the illusions Scotland creates about itself, and how we kid ourselves about the implications of our lives.  His politics are the politics of a searching realist; his art a saga of human hopes, foibles and fantasies.

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The Scotsman 1987
photographed installation
Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow

Isn’t Shopping Murder! 1990
photographed installation
Private Collection