4th July 2008 at 01:00
Spoilt for choice is the expression that springs to mind where exhibitions in Glasgow are concerned this summer

Spoilt for choice is the expression that springs to mind where exhibitions in Glasgow are concerned this summer. At Kelvingrove, until September 14, is a retrospective of the work of local "boy" Harry Benson, world-renowned photographer.

This fascinating show covers his 60-year career from his first published picture in a Glasgow newspaper, at the age of 16, to a portrait of Amy Winehouse taken last year.

The son of the founder of Calderpark Zoo, Benson is probably best known for his photographs of celebrities and people in high places. But his pictures of football crowds in Glasgow and boys playing in the park, as well as scary rebel soldiers in far-away countries, are just as interesting. These large-format photographs - technically brilliant and full of detail - have the power to make viewers feel as if they were there when the pictures were being taken. One for all the family.

Over at the Burrell in beautiful Pollok Park, there is the stunning Colours of the Silk Road exhibition, running until January. This highlights the colourful, richly-embroidered suzani textiles from Uzbekistan which were an essential part of the dowry that brides in Central Asia were expected to have. Entirely the preserve of females in the family, work on a suzani collection of wall hangings, bedspreads and cushion covers would begin as soon as a girl was born. Traditional patterns would be drawn onto cloth by the draughtswoman, then filled in with embroidery by female members of the child's extended family.

There are quiz and design sheets for children and a programme of talks, workshops and storytelling sessions for the whole family.

- www.glasgowmuseums.com

Burrell - 0141 287 2550 Kelvingrove - 0141 276 9599.

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