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Dr Werner Kissling: A Retrospective

Dr Werner Kissling: A Retrospective

Dr Werner Kissling (1895-1988) was a German photographer and ethnographer who spent most of his life documenting Scottish crafts, architecture, and agricultural practices. He was associated with Dumfries Museum from the mid-1950s until his death in 1988.

These photographs were selected by Dr Kissling himself for an exhibition held at Dumfries Museum in 1978, Werner Kissling: A Retrospective. Taken over a period of fifty years, they illustrate the diverse craft, building, and technical practices of people from the Western Isles, Yorkshire, Dumfries and Galloway and Aotearoa New Zealand.

Now cared for by Dumfries museum, Dr Kissling's archive is a valuable record of skills, some of which are still practised today and some of which are only remembered. Dr Kissling's original notes for the exhibition have been transcribed from the back of the photographs and reproduced here, along with information added by researcher, Kirsty Kernohan as part of the Dr Werner Kissling Project 2019.

More of Dr Kissling photographs of blacksmithing in Dumfries and Galloway can be seen here and an online exhibition about his life is available here.

This research was supported by The Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities.

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