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Steve Lindridge exhibition at the University celebrates Scottish sports photography

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Iconic Scottish sports photographs captured by the late Steve Lindridge will be on display at the University of Stirling from 1 March.

The public exhibition, on the ground floor of the University library until late May, includes Scottish sporting luminaries such as cyclist Sir Chris Hoy.

As the official photographer for Team Scotland at the 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games, Steve’s images highlight great moments of success for Scottish athletes.

Further examples of Steve’s work, from his time working for Scottish News and Sport, for charity Lemon Aid in Haiti and his images of Stirling, Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence will also be displayed on a screen on the ground floor.

Journeying extensively as a teenager and in his 20s, Steve spent a lot of time in diverse places like Morocco and Australia, while also listing Asia, Spain and France amongst his favourite places in the world. He would later take his son on a road trip across Europe and Africa for charity and was equally at home camping in the Highlands or canoeing along the Tay.

The sea was a lifelong obsession for Salisbury-born Steve who spent many years working on ships and then as a deckhand on oil rigs, before switching to photography in the early 90s, which he studied at the College of Building and Printing in Glasgow.

It was here he met his wife Lisa and they subsequently moved to Perth, where they lived with his two children Aidan and Rhianna and where Steve joined the town's Elim Church. A man with a great zest for life, Steve was well respected across Scottish sport and the media, instantly recognisable by his trademark cowboy hat.

His sudden death in February last year, aged 50, created a profound sense of loss not only for his family, but for Scottish sport and for anyone who had the immense pleasure to have known Steve.

Louise Martin CBE, chair of sportscotland, said: "I worked closely with Steve over a number of years and was immensely fond of him. Steve was highly regarded across the sporting world for the iconic images he captured, and his untimely departure was a great loss to Scottish sport and a tragedy for his family and many friends. This exhibition is a wonderful way to celebrate his work and to showcase many of Scotland’s defining sporting moments."

The exhibition is being curated by Sarah Bramley and is supported by the University of Stirling art collection in collaboration with the School of Sport. 

Photography has kindly been provided by Commonwealth Games Scotland, Lemon Aid, Scottish News and Sport, sportscotland and by the University of Stirling.

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