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Peter Iain Campbell is an award-winning photographer born in Edinburgh and based in Glasgow, Scotland. He has a BA with honours in Photography & Film from Napier University in Edinburgh {2001}.

Working predominantly within landscape, seascape and portraiture on long form projects, Iain utilises photography to explore liminal environments that would otherwise be inaccessible, seeking to identify particular subjects that both allure and repel.  

Between 2001 and 2014, Iain worked as a professional freelance photographer, while continuing to maintain a long-held interest in the changing nature of post-industrial landscapes. Having identified the oil and gas industry as Scotland’s last remaining heavy industry and one that had not been fully photographically explored, from the Summer of 2014, Iain spent two years working on a Drilling Rig in the central North Sea. This became the location for his first North Sea photography project, “Starlings on Fire”. From September 2016, Iain spent a further year working on a number of different Production Platforms and Drilling Rigs throughout the Scottish sector of the North Sea. Since 2018, Iain has continued to explore the incongruous nature of the oil and gas industry in the North Sea, by attempting to document the remaining Production Platforms and Drilling Rigs throughout the Scottish sector, shot from the perspective of the Platform Supply Vessels {PSVs} that service these installations.

His work has been exhibited internationally and includes the group show, “Exposure: Lives at Sea”, curated by Laura Boon, exhibited at the National Maritime Museum in London {2020 - 2023}. 

“Ask The Sea”, a Limited Edition Photo-Zine was published by ‘Another Place Press’ in June 2020.

Iain was the winner in the Scottish Portrait Awards 2021 and Runner-Up in 2020. He was also a Finalist in 2019 and 2017. Three of his North Sea photographs were included in the 'Street Level Open 2022 & 2019’.

Iain is a part-time Lecturer in Photography at City of Glasgow College and an Affiliated Researcher for the Centre For Energy Ethics, University of St.Andrews.    



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Awards & Competitions / Exhibitions

2023-2024: The Scottish Landscape Awards {Finalist} - The City Art Centre, Edinburgh

2022: “Street Level Open 2022” [ 1 x Work ]

2020-2022: “Exposure: Lives at Sea” – National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

2021: The Scottish Portrait Awards {Winner}

2021: Independent Photo ‘Open Call Photography Awards’ {1/10 Editor’s Picks}

2020: The Scottish Portrait Awards {2nd Place}

2019: “Street Level Open 2019” [2 x works]

2019: “Scottish Work in Jyväskylä” - The Centre for Creative Photography, Finland

2019: The Scottish Portrait Awards {Finalist}

2018: The Richard & Siobhan Coward Foundation Award   

2017- 2018: FOTOFILMIC Finalist {International Travelling Group Exhibition} – Vancouver, Paris & Thessaloniki

2017: The Scottish Portrait Awards {Finalist}

2012: “What Hercules Sees [Part III]” – The Arches, Glasgow

2008: “Vliet’s Book of Scarecrows” – Mono, Glasgow

2007: “Vliet’s Book of Scarecrows” – The Red Door Gallery, Edinburgh

2005: “To Whom it May Concern” – The Lighthouse, Glasgow

2004: “To Whom it May Concern” – Stills Gallery, Edinburgh

2004: “To Whom it May Concern” – Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

2004: “To Whom it May Concern” – Napier University, Edinburgh

2004: The Saffery Champness Photographic Competition {Award Winner}   

1997: “Edinburgh Streetwork Project” – New Street, Edinburgh


2020 - “AskThe Sea” {Limited Edition Photo-Zine [200]} published by Another Place Press  


Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Scotland

Selected Features

2023 - Platform / Friends of The Earth Scotland, “Our Power Report”, extensive feature of North Sea images to support energy transition for offshore workers;

2023 - MAP 6 Instagram Takeover

2022 - Royal Photographic Society, "IPE164 Series Shortlist”;

2022 - Channel 5, “Building The Impossible: Oil Rig”, documentary interview and feature;   

2022 - Royal Museums Greenwich, “Their Helicopters No Longer Sing”, interview and feature. 

2021 – Royal Museums Greenwich, “Life on a North Sea Oil & Gas Rig”, interview and feature, including video

2021 – Royal Museums Greenwich, “Exposure: Lives at Sea Sneak Preview, video interview – North Sea photography exhibited

2021 – The Independent Photographer, “Visual Storytelling through 10 images” Ninian Northern Platform, image feature

2021 – Art Magazine, “Winners, Scottish Portrait Awards”, image feature

2021 – The Herald Magazine, “Portfolio”, SPA image feature 

2021 – The Scottish Portrait Awards, “Artist Film”, video feature

2021 – City of Glasgow College, “College Lecturer Finalist in SPA” image feature and interview

2020 – Street Level Photoworks, “In Focus: Alishia Farnan & Peter Iain Campbell” video interview with Malcolm Dickson

2020 – Another Place Magazine, “Ask The Sea” feature

2020 – Document Scotland, “Ask The Sea” interview and feature

2020 – BBC, “In Pictures: Scottish Portrait Award Shortlist Announced”, image feature

2020 – The Photographers Network, “Ask The Sea”, feature with unpublished work from series

2018 – Energy Voice, “Photographer who became oil worker to get inside view”, North Sea photography feature and interview

2017 – FOTOFILMIC, 2017 Exhibitor, interview 

2017 – Scottish Portrait Awards, “Artists Page

2016 – Document Scotland, “Starlings on Fire” interview and feature

2004 – Scotsman Magazine, “A New Perspective”, photo journal feature on project, “To Whom It May Concern

2004 – The Big Issue, “Refugee Week”, front cover feature

2004 – Scotsman Magazine, “Change of Frequency”, architectural photography feature

2004 – Scotsman Magazine, “The Wonder Years”, architectural photography feature

2004 – Scotsman Magazine, “Give Me Shelter”, architectural photography feature

Selected Published Work
{1997 – 2004}

The British Journal of Photography

Product Magazine {UK}

Fader Magazine {Japan}


Intro Magazine {Germany}

Remix Magazine {USA}

Groove Magazine {Germany}

Blow Up Magazine {Italy}

3D World Newspaper {Australia}

The List Magazine {UK}

Jockey Slut Magazine {UK}

Edinburgh International Film Festival Guide {UK}

XLR8R Magazine {USA}

Additional Artist Talks / 

Portfolio Presentations

2024 - Creative Lecture Series, Edinburgh’s Napier University;

2023 - “We Drift Like Worried Fire”, Centre For Energy Ethics, University of St.Andrews.

2010 – Portfolio workshop, 4th Year Degree students, Edinburgh’s Napier University

2010 – Artist Talk, 4th Year Degree students, Edinburgh College of Art

2004 – Artist Talk, 3rd & 4th Year Degree students, Edinburgh’s Napier University


2018 – Present: P/T Lecturer in Photography, City of Glasgow College


2001 – BA Honours, Photography & Film, Edinburgh’s Napier University

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