I was pleased and surprised to find in a local newspaper a feature on Magnum photographer Raymond Depardon, about his new book Glasgow. The book features a number of street photography images from the Govan, Maryhill, Gorbals and Calton areas of Glasgow,
His images capture the rougher edges of life in these areas of Glasgow which were undergoing a tumultuous change of depopulation due to slum clearances and high unemployment due to the deindustrialisation of the shipyards and surrounding supporting industries.
Depardon cleaverly matches the drab hopelessness of the area with images of children playing happily, a continuation of a community which refuses to go under.
While it has been criticised in some quarters as more"Poverty Porn" I disagree and say that the images capture a Glasgow that I remember, a rougher but friendlier city.
Scotsman Newspaper. 2017. Raymond Depardon photo book captures Glasgow life in 1980. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/culture/art/raymond-depardon-photo-book-captures-glasgow-life-in-1980-1-4040621. [Accessed 25 September 2017].
Vice.com, (ANAÏS BRÉMOND). 2017. The Slums of 1980s Glasgow Through the Lens of a French Photographer. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/avybpk/photographs-of-glasgows-slums-in-1980. [Accessed 25 September 2017].