Stunning Photos captured the Gritty Life of Glasgow in 1980

French photojournalist Raymond Depardon was commissioned the ‘Sunday Times’ to travel to Glasgow and document the life of rich and poor residents. He captured thousands of photographs during the trip, but they were not published until 2016. Depardon grasps the light of Scotland as never before and sublimes the end of a working world. He knew nothing about the city and couldn’t speak English either.

Instead of capturing the fashionable Hillhead, affluent areas, or impressive Victorian boulevards of the center, Depardon went to the city’s deprived areas such as Govan, Maryhill, the Gorbals, and Calton. These districts were the frontline of the city’s post-war struggle with deindustrialization and depopulation.

Written by Aung Budhh

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