Tattoo presents 'Exposure' photography exhibition

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is rightly famous for its nightly August extravaganza at Edinburgh Castle Esplanade - but to offer another perspective on the event, the Tattoo presents Exposure, an exhibition of photography showcasing moments from the last seven years. 


The iconic annual event has been captured on camera throughout the last seven years by Musselburgh born photographer, Martin Scott Powell, and this is the first public opportunity to view the special exhibition, which takes place at Edinburgh's Central Library throughout the Tattoo's run (7-29 August)

Powell's work focuses on the diversity of the Tattoo and the marked differences amongst the artists who are involved. The photographer said:

Working with the Tattoo over the seven years has been a truly fantastic experience. Since we started our collaboration it was always most important for me to communicate the sheer visual impact of every aspect of the show. From the character faces and impeccable uniforms of the pipe majors, to the rich colour and overwhelming beauty of the finalé sequence. 
The images exhibited as part of this show, for me, aim to explore the magic, the atmosphere and the emotion that we all feel when visiting the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

In its 66th year, the 2015 Tattoo follows the theme of East meets West in a celebration of the richness of international culture and the creative spirit of human endeavour. 

Tattoo Chief Executive and Producer, Brigadier David Allfrey said:

Like all spectacular live entertainment, the Tattoo’s images and music pass in a flash for our live audience.  And, although wonderful memories remain, the BBC broadcast the show and we record the soundtrack, capturing the full magic is always challenging.  
Across the last 6 decades some wonderful photographs have been taken, each recording the tone and character of their time.  This latest chapter by Martin Scott Powell is truly remarkable - each image tells its own story.

The Tattoo’s Exposure Photography Exhibition runs from 7-29 August at The Central Library, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh (Monday –Wednesday 10am-8pm, Thursday-Saturday 10am-5pm). The exhibition is free, and more information can be found at

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