In late 1959 and early 1960 the American photographer Neil Priessman came to Uist and spent time travelling around the island with Dr Alex Macleod.
His photographs captured the heart of island life in the late fifties and early sixties when transport ranged from horseback to aeroplane. Unfortunately when he returned to America the negatives from the trip were stolen from his studio, luckily he had send contact prints to the MacLeod family which are the only surviving record of his trip. A small sample of this fantastic collection were on display in 2013 but since then another 600 images have come to light with the collection growing to around 850 images of Neil Pressman’s work. This display of Priessman’s photography will be our most comprehensive yet.
We thank Lorna MacLeod and her family for the donation of the collection.
We are still trying to make contact with the Priessman family but hope to do so in the near future.