Glasgow by Raymond Depardon
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Raymond Depardons work documenting the people and environment of 1980’s Glasgow.
"I lived in Glasgow from 1971-1975 - I was a student at Glasgow University — and so came to know the city very well indeed. I have been back to Glasgow several times every year since then. My wife has family there – and I have seen at first hand, over the last four decades, the city’s striking evolution from 19th century relic to the modern, vibrant conurbation it is today. It’s an intriguing idea to contemplate that when Raymond Depardon was in Glasgow in 1980-82, when he was taking these remarkable photographs, so was I. Conceivably our paths may have crossed, tangentially. What he was seeing and photographing were scenes that were very familiar to me.
But not to anyone else, I imagine. This is a risky generalisation but, outside of Scotland, I would say that Glasgow is something of a secret city." - From the Foreword by William Boydd.
Raymond Depardon, born in France in 1942, began taking photographs on his family farm in Garet at the age of 12. Apprenticed to a photographer optician in Villefranche-sur-Saône, he then left for Paris in 1958.
He joined the Dalmas agency in Paris in 1960 as a reporter, and then in 1966 he co-founded the Gamma agency, reporting from all over the world. From 1974 to 1977, as a photographer and filmmaker, he covered the kidnap of a French ethnologist, François Claustre, in northern Chad. Alongside his photographic career, he also began to make documentary films: 1974, Une Partie de Campagne and San Clemente.
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