Our working lives

Throughout his career, Alex has always photographed portraits of people, be they for an advertising shoot, to record a new official in their robes, or simply to capture an interesting face. As part of a series for the People’s Journal, Alex photographed people at their occupations, a subject he often returned to when he became a freelance photographer.

Mr Tommy Herd inspects a finished hackle at Wm Stewart & Sons., 1956
Miner of Rothes Pit, Fife, 1957
Sid Walker, potter in Montrose, 1958
‘Onion Johnny’, on the Forfar Road, c1960


Loch Awe power station builder c1960
Jeweller working on a piece
John Dick, Tawsemaker, Lochgelly, c1960
Mr William Duncan, maker of reproduction furniture in his workshop at St Monance polishing and staining a reproduction Chippendale “gossip” or “nursing” chair’
Basket maker, St Monance, c1960
Blacksmith at Dairsie, c1960
Line fishing preparation at Gourdon, 1970
Weaver, Constable Works, Dundee, 1972
Staff with patient, Ninewells, 1974
Farmer and flock, Angus, 1980s


Some images dating from mid-1966 and earlier are potentially copyright of DC Thomson & Co Ltd where Alex was employed as a staff photographer.  All other images are copyright of Alex Coupar.  Audio is copyright University of Dundee Archive Services. Nothing to be reproduced without permission

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