Norman McBeath RSA

Norman McBeath is a photographer and printmaker. The National Portrait Galleries in London and Edinburgh have over seventy of his portraits in their collections.

Portraits held in the National Portrait Gallery, London can be seen here.



The Perdendosi book was launched recently at the London Review of Books with myself and Edmund de Waal in conversation, chaired by Alexandra Harris.

Perdendosi is a collaboration with Edmund de Waal. This publication includes de Waal's text Twelve Leaves and all twelve black and white photographs.

It is a study of leaves at the stage of their transformation when they have lost all colour, and become more like parchment than plant, taking up the most extraordinary shapes, giving the leaves unique identities and character. Many of the photographs were taken at the start of the pandemic in a time of daily news of increasing deaths and infections. Although not a direct response, this time had a profound influence on how I saw the leaves. Edmund de Waal’s accompanying text ‘Twelve Leaves’, which he describes as both autobiography and a journal of reading, is his own unique and moving response to living with these images for several months during lockdown. With a heightened awareness and increased sensitivity towards the natural world, ​Perdendosi offers a fresh perspective on the familiar.

The book is published by Hazel Press and is available either through London Review of Books or Hazel Press.