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Glasgow, 1980

Currently shooting in Glasgow. These images by Raymond Depardon, from Magnum, have been a great insight into that time. The tower blocks are all gone now, including Norfolk Court*, that was blown up last time I was in Glasgow, last year. The shipbuilding industry, from being the world’s industrial centre, is decimated. There is still…

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Waiting for a bus, Glasgow

Rainy day, Glasgow May 2016

Woman waiting for a bus, Glasgow May 2016. To be fair, this is not typical. The weather has been stupendous, hot, sunny, really nice. This was a a heavy shower, but it didn’t last long. They say of Scottish weather, if you don’t like it, don’t worry, it’ll change in half an hour. It’s true.

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Grafton Place

High rise – done right. Something to be said for Glasgow and that is that there is generally a sensitivity and respect for the Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian grandiose civic buildings and churches that dominate the city. Much of the more modern architecture is extremely complimentary to the older buildings and have a respect for…

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Norfolk Court, Gorbals, Glasgow

Homemade football at Norfolk Court, Gorbals, Glasgow

Norfolk Court, Glasgow is due to be demolished and the final ‘safe’ day near the building is this week. The Gorbals is/was a notorious area of Glasgow. During the industrial revolution, many people came to the area from the Scottish Highlands, Ireland and also Italy. The industrial era area became overcrowded and dangerous. Because of…

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