George Fairbairn

I've been taking photographs of buses pretty well since I was able to hold a camera.  I started with an Instamatic 25; I graduated through a 35mm viewfinder camera to various SLRs including Practikas and Minoltas.  After a hiatus in the 1990s and early 2000s I discovered digital photography.

Nowadays my interest has moved on from the traditional front 3/4 view, to making images which illustrate the bus in its context.  These large lumbering heaps of metal fill our cityscapes yet are taken so much for granted that they might as well be invisible.  I like to show people in relationship to the buses that transport them or sometimes get in their way; the staff that operate them and the passengers they carry.

I have two books of my photographs available:

Edinburgh Buses of the 1970s and

Lancashire Buses in the 1980s.  Se the links to each below.

You can find many more of my images on Flickr:


My book of Edinburgh bus photographs

Images of Edinburgh's municipal buses just before and after the formation of Lothian Region Transport.

" What a fascinating book! Having spent my life in Edinburgh, the old maroon & cream buses are ingrained in my memory. This is an absorbing and illuminating history of Edinburgh's LRT buses - with absolutely fascinating photographs..."

" I rarely buy bus books but I bought yours as soon as it came out, and found it to be a perfect mixture of the best of the relevant photos from your flickr stream with lots of ones I hadn't seen before."


My book of Lancashire bus photographs

Newly published, a selection of bus photogrpahs from my travels in Lancashire just before and after deregulation on the 1980s

My current project, for publication in 2021:  Prague and its Trams.

My current project, for publication in 2021: Prague and its Trams.