"I hope and pray that the National Galleries of Scotland buy, and start displaying the MacKinnon Collection; the world's largest gathering of vintage Scottish photography."

Photography, all too often the bridesmaid and never the bride in art circles, is, at last, taking its rightful place on the walls of our galleries, and in our national consciousness.

The NGS's recent purchase of the Mackinnon Collection - built up by Aberdeenshire chemist Murray MacKinnon - lets us all peer into the past.

An exhibition - hopefully the first of many from the collection - has just opened in Auld Reekie; at the National Portrait Gallery, which runs through to February.

Hopefully - hint, hint - our 'National' galleries will see fit to exhibit the collection in Scotland's biggest city, Glasgow, saving us all a bus or train fare.

Charting Scottish life from the 1840s to the 1940s, you can view a selection of the over 15,000 images here: https://www.nationalgalleries.org/art-and-artists/features/then-and-now-images-scotland%E2%80%99s-photograph-album