Photo-journalist Alex Coupar photographed Scotland and the Scots for over fifty years, recording the minutiae of ordinary lives as well as civic and national events.

Alex Coupar,RAF photographer, 1953Born in 1932 in Dundee, Alex Coupar always wanted to be a photographer. He joined DC Thomson after leaving school as a press photographer, eventually specialising in theatre work and photos for the Scots Magazine.

In 1953 he served his National Service with the Royal Air Force School of Photography where he was a publicity photographer. Returning to Dundee and DC Thomson, Alex began working closely with the Dundee Repertory Theatre, producing production and publicity photographs.

Leaving DC Thomson in 1966, Coupar set up his own studio working for the press and for companies like Dundee Rep and Bett Brothers builders (his first clients). Known as Spanphoto, Coupar's studio became known as one of Scotland's premier photographic firms. He retired and closed Spanphoto in 2000.

 

Dundee University Archive Services are fortunate to have Alex's collection of day books, negatives and prints. The collection, MS 258, is in the process of being arranged and listed