• Top

    The Mac Photographic Archive

Web

Glasgow School of Arts students launch an amazing Mac Photographic Archive

Posted by Maisie Skidmore,

If you’d listened hard enough a couple of weeks ago on May 23 you’d have heard a collective gasp sweep across Great Britain as the news spread that a fire had taken hold of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh building on Renfrew Street in Glasgow, a much-loved and iconic piece of Scottish architecture. A campaign has since been launched to restore the building to its former glory, but in the meantime, former alumni and students of the school have created the Mac Photographic Archive, a brilliantly interactive website allowing contributors to click freely around different parts of the building and to publish their own photographs of the interior.

Lizzie Malcolm, the former student who created the website, explains: “A current Google search will return a myriad of images of the exterior of the building. However, it is the intention of this website to concentrate on gathering a comprehensive record of the interior of the building, from the people who have used it since its completion in 1909. Users can tag their photos with the floor and room in which the photograph was taken, estimate the date and annotate accordingly.”

It’s a fitting tribute to the building, allowing users to admire Mackintosh’s handiwork as well as serving as a kind of educational accompaniment to the school’s grounds. Black and white photographs of students painting in the studios from 1909 sit alongside Instagram shots of golden light streaming through stairways and corridors taken only months ago, creating a fantastic overview of the century of people who’ve worked with its walls. We’re looking forward to seeing the restoration process finished, but this is as good a place-keeper as any.

  • 1

    The Mac Photographic Archive: Ground Floor Studio, January 1909. Found on the VictorianWeb.com

  • 2

    The Mac Photographic Archive: Second Floor Studio, scan of a colour slide taken in January 1976

  • 4

    The Mac Photographic Archive: Basement Level Archive Store, Fifth Year Architecture 1990

  • 5

    The Mac Photographic Archive: Second Floor Stairwell, November 1979. Added by Cassandra Philpot

  • 6

    The Mac Photographic Archive: Second Floor Studio, November 1979. Added by Cassandra Philpot

  • 9

    The Mac Photographic Archive: Light Reflections on the First Floor Stairwell, December 2012, added by Arabella Murray-Nag

  • Mac-new-2

    The Mac Photographic Archive: Second Floor Loggia, December 2013. Added by Rachel

  • New-1

    The Mac Photographic Archive: First Floor Stairwell, February 2012. Added by Kaytria Stauffer

  • 10

    The Mac Photographic Archive: Second Floor Hen Run, December 2006. Added by Emily Roo

Ms-300

Posted by Maisie Skidmore

Assistant Editor Maisie joined It’s Nice That fresh out of university in the summer of 2013 and has stayed with us ever since. She has a particular interest in art, fashion and photography and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.

Most Recent: Photography View Archive

  1. List_michael_james_obrien_girlfriend_itsnicethat

    For the past 30 years, Michael James O’Brien has photographed drag queens from around the world. His latest exhibition Girlfriend, on show at Liverpool’s international photography festival now, displays wonderfully glamorous images that encapsulate the freedom, majesty and spirit of drag culture.

  2. List-its-nice-thativar-wigan_princess_2012

    Images of gangs and strippers are nothing new, and their creation is fraught with the risk of appearing insensitive and patronising at best, exploitative at worst. So for them to pique our interest, they have to be very special. The works of Scotland-born photographer Ivar Wigan are. Ivar’s recent work has seen him documenting the street culture of Miami, Atlanta and New Orleans, and their often seedy, rarely glamorous underpinnings. And while the images undoubtedly have a voyeuristic slant, central to them is a sense of admiration and empathy, rather than pity or profiteering.

  3. Ruth_van_beek_rehearsal_it's_nice_that_list

    London is the most Instagrammed city in the world, but this week photography has hit the capital like never before. Over the next four days some 70 galleries have taken up residence under Somerset House’s neoclassical roof, bringing together a mix of vintage and contemporary prints for the largest photography fair ever held in London.

  4. Emily_stein_ponyclub_2its-nice-that-list

    Emily Stein is one of those photographers who manages to distill joy and affection into a single image, taking a snapshot of time and energy that bursts out of the frame. In her newest series, Pony Club, the feverish intensity of these kids’ love of rosettes, silks and above all, sweet hairy little ponies is palpable, with just the same amount of effervescence and fun as her previous projects looking at teenagers in a moshpit or kids blowing bubblegum.

  5. Adrian_samson_heatwave_its_nice_that_list

    People-watching is a pastime of mine – the hellos and the goodbyes after two people have just met are my favourite moments, with clunky air-kisses and unnecessary waving being tell-tale signs of an awkward first meeting. If you’ve never got into staring at people going about their day-to-day business (why not?), Adrian Samson’s series Heatwave is a great place to start.

  6. Leemawdsley-millenniummills-itsnicethat-list

    We’ve featured architectural photographer Lee Mawdsley on the site a few times over the years and have often focussed on his masterful documentation of ultra-modern workplaces, all gleaming surfaces and tangled wires. But among his new updates, one project in particular demonstrates his versatility.

  7. Emilyscaife-cosmiccrisp-itsnicethat-list

    I’m a big fan of creatives who have the wherewithal to follow through on simple – and sometimes ostensibly silly – ideas. Jeff Greenspan is perhaps the high priest of this, but Emily Scaife has a nice line in realising pleasingly simple concepts with enough visual panache to make the results more than one-liners.

  8. Anastasica_tsayder_summer_olympics_its_nice_that_list

    The buzz post-Olympics usually centres on the athletes, their achievements and the tirade of endorsement campaigns that inevitably follow. But what about the structures that house these magnificent quadrennial events? Often the stadiums and swimming pools have been purpose-built, but post-event many remain unused, abandoned or unimaginatively repurposed.

  9. Qiu-yang-t-magazine-itsnicethat-list

    As editorial photography goes they don’t come much sharper or stranger than Qiu Yang, the image-maker who has been executing the strangest of situations with the cleanest of finishes for some years now. It seems this precise combination of bizarre but beautiful is working wonders for Qiu – echoing the carefully constructed still-life compositions of Dutch Renaissance artwork, he has clocked up a client list including Vogue, The Gentlewoman, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin and several series for KENZO.

  10. I-d-street-sound-itsnicethat-list

    Britain’s history is all the richer thanks to the the subcultures the country has fostered. Holding the placard for this shining reputation is i-D, the publication founded by Terry Jones and his wife Tricia in 1980 which has been celebrating youth’s weirdest and most wonderful for 30 odd years now. So it’s perfectly apt that this week the magazine launches its first ever TV series with Channel 4 looking at British style history, entitled Street Sound and Style.

  11. List-its-nice-that5.bob-_willoughby_hoffman_bancroft_bobwilloughby

    The red carpets are out, the yachts are moored and Sienna Miller and Jake Gyllenhaal are getting cosy with the Cohen Brothers on the judging panel. This year’s Cannes Film Festival opened yesterday kicking off 12 days of cinema and partying. And while there’s undoubtedly still glitz aplenty, the events of the past somehow seem so much more glamorous – perhaps simply because they’re in the past, but perhaps because of the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor and their lovely coats and the way they held a cigarette…

  12. Lukestephenson-pizza-itsnicethat-list

    Sometimes when you ask a creative about the genesis of their project the answer is pretty predictable, and sometimes it really isn’t. Photographer Luke Stephenson sent through his new series Pizza – a series of portraits of pizzas he ordered alongside the men who delivered them – but the initial inspiration actually came from jockeys, or rather paintings of jockeys on a collection of cigarette cards Luke stumbled across on Flickr.

  13. Polly-brown-itsnicethat-list

    Open Little Deaths, the sweet new publication by photographer Polly Brown (the very same who photographed office plants in the world’s biggest companies), and if you’re not at home with French euphemisms you might believe you’re looking at photographs of places where a person experienced their first kiss, say, or ate a really good BLT. You’re not, of course – a “little death,” as translated from the French “petit mort” is an orgasm, and Polly is interested in those of the self-induced variety.