EXHIBITIONS 2022

Unsullied & Untarnished: the Common Ridings of Scotland

‘Unsullied And Untarnished’ is a photographic portrait of the people of the towns of the Scottish Borders who each year undertake the maintaining of tradition, commemorating their local history and at the same time strengthening the bonds of their communities looking forwards to the annual Common Riding festivals of the summer months.

Braw Lassies and Honest Lads, Left Hand Lassies and Right-Hand Men, Cornets, Hunters and Coldstreamers - all titles given to the upstanding youths who lead the festivities and whose duty it is to carry the burgh or town standard around the common lands and to “bring it back unsullied and untarnished”.

“Some of these ridings and festivals are ancient, stretching back more than five centuries. Others are more modern but have something in common, whatever their roots and antiquity. They are annual gatherings of remembrance and celebration; affirmations that though these may be small places, there is nothing small about coming from Kelso or Galashiels, Lauder or Langholm.” - Excerpt from the essay, 'Unsullied And Untarnished', by Alex Massie.


Crossing the Tweed, Peebles Beltane Festival, Scotland, 2013.POS JS 300 01$1,250.00
'First Drum', Selkirk Common Riding, Scotland, 2013.POS JS 300 02$800.00
'Rouse Parade', Selkirk Common Riding, Scotland, 2013.POS JS 300 03$800.00
Three Brethren summit, Selkirk Common Riding, Scotland, 2013.POS JS 300 04$1,250.00
'Cornets of Hawick', Hawick Common Riding, Scotland, 2013.POS JS 300 05$800.00
'Curds and Creams Repast', Hawick Common Riding, Scotland, 2013.POS JS 300 06$800.00
Whisky at the Waterin' Stane, Lauder, Scotland, 2013.POS JS 300 07$800.00
'Coldstreamers', Coldstream Common Riding, Scotland, 2013.POS JS 300 08$800.00
Kirk Wynd, Langholm Fair, Scotland, 2013.POS JS 300 09$1,250.00
'Braw Lad', Galashiels Braw Lads Gathering, Scotland, 2013.POS JS 300 10$800.00
'The De'il' (Devil), Innerleithen St. Ronan's Games, Scotland, 2013.POS JS 300 11$800.00
'Ladies of Jethart Callant's Festival', Jedburgh, Scotland, 2013.POS JS 300 12$800.00
'Refreshments at the Waterin' Stane', Lauder Common Riding, Scotland, 2013.POS JS 300 13$800.00
'Kirk Wynd charge', Langholm Fair, Scotland, 2013.POS JS 300 14$1,250.00
'Riding of the Marches', Lauder Common Riding, Scotland, 2013.POS JS 300 15$800.00
'Buring the De'il (Devil)', Innerleithen St. Ronan's Games, Scotland, 2013.POS JS 300 16$800.00
'Cornet 2014', Peebles Beltane Festival, Scotland, 2014.POS JS 300 17$800.00
'Lucky', Hawick Common Riding, Scotland, 2014.POS JS 300 18$800.00
Brogan and Bobby the Horse, Peebles Beltane festival, Scotland, 2014.POS JS 300 19$800.00
Steve Pomengo, Hawick Common Riding, Scotland, 2014.POS JS 300 20$800.00
Emblem Bearer of the Barley Banna', Langholm Fair, Scotland, 2014.POS JS 300 21$800.00
Bel Kay, Peebles Beltane Festival, Scotland, 2014.POS JS 300 22$800.00
Rory and Mr. Beans, Jethart Callant's Festival, Jedburgh, Scotland, 2014.POS JS 300 23$800.00
'Lisa', Galashiels Braw Lads Gathering, Scotland, 2014.POS JS 300 24$800.00

Xposure hosts solo exhibition spaces for acclaimed photographers along with group exhibitions for professional institutions. All exhibiting photographers will be present during the festival, enabling you the opportunity to meet and talk to them about their work.