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Robert Reinhardt Cemetries


A collection of photographs of Edinburgh’s historic cemeteries is going on public display for the first time.

The photographs are the work of American art lecturer Robert Reinhardt, who has taken over 28,000 pictures of the capital’s graveyards since the year 2000, when he first visited Scotland as part of a school exchange trip. Since 2008, the best of these images have been gifted to RCAHMS to form part of the National Collection.

Reinhardt, who grew up in a house surrounded by seven cemeteries in the town of Valhalla, New York, became interested in Edinburgh’s memorials when he noticed the overgrown graveyard at Warriston while out walking with friends. Since then, he has taken his camera into cemeteries across the capital, including at the Grange, the Dean Village, Liberton, Newington, Rosebank and Morningside.

The results of this work are on show at the Edinburgh Central Library from 30 July to 1 September 2012.