Margaret Mitchell is a Scottish portrait and documentary photographer based in Glasgow. Her work ranges from exploring communities and children’s worlds through to long-term documentation projects on environment, opportunity and social inequality. Bridging the psychological and the social, her work explores the intricacies and complexities of people’s lives with a particular emphasis on place and belonging.
Her multi award-winning series In This Place connected her extended family’s personal circumstances with political systems, specifically their experiences of cycles of inequality over the past three decades. This work can be seen in her book Passage (Bluecoat Press, 2021). Notions of home and belonging are explored in An Ordinary Eden with its first phase working in-depth with people with lived experience of homelessness and a further series on young people’s stories.
She is the recipient of a number of awards including in the Sony World Photography Awards (Contemporary Issues, 2nd) and The Royal Photographic Society’s IPE160 (Gold). Her work has been acquired for the permanent collections of the National Galleries of Scotland and the Martin Parr Foundation. Alongside working on personal projects, recent clients include the Guardian, Telegraph Magazine, the Samaritans and Shelter Scotland.