Joe Rock was born in Northern Ireland and educated
in Melbourne Australia. He
trained in aerial reconnaissance in the Royal Air Force.
In 1976 while travelling from Aberdeen to Cambridge, he
passed through Edinburgh and, for the first time, saw Edinburgh Castle in
the mist, so stayed for a while - over 25 years!
He studied photography at Napier College, Edinburgh, and
went on to become Senior Photographer at Edinburgh University, a post that
he held until 2001. He now works for the National Museums of
Joe has given many lectures in the UK and abroad.
In 1997, he was awarded PhD from the University of Edinburgh for his
research into the work of the painter Hugh 'Grecian' Williams,
He has also researched the work of:
- the engraver, Richard Cooper senior 1696-1764
- the architect, Thomas Hamilton, 1784-1858
He has carried out photographic surveys in Rome,
Jerusalem, at the Capella Palatino in Palermo and in Turkmenistan. His
work has recently been recognised by its inclusion in the National
Photography Archive, at the National Gallery of Scotland
Joe's photographs have been
included in many publications, including the Edinburgh volume of
Buildings of Scotland, and Duncan MacMillan's Scottish Art 1460-1990.
He produced prints from Thomas
Begbie's original glass negatives of Edinburgh views. These photos
have been featured in exhibitions and in the book:
Thomas Begbie's Edinburgh - a Mid-Victorian Portrait.
Joe Rock uses a plate camera that
takes plates up to 10 ins x 8 ins.