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Hugh Hood's Glasgow

I began my Glasgow project in the early 70’s when I was twenty. I had just left Glasgow College of Printing after studying commercial photography, and found work in a large advertising studio in Glasgow. This was mostly using 4x5 studio cameras to make transparencies for advertising campaigns in magazines or company brochures for whisky distilleries. Anyone who lived in Glasgow at that time lived through the extraordinary changes to the city with its urban regeneration scheme. This was the post-war clearances: technological redundancy, de-population and rampant decay. Journeying across the city, vacant and derelict building are to be found from the very centre to the far flung impoverished areas. A new M8 motorway would cut a large trench through the heart of the city and completely blighted areas like Cowcaddens and St Georges Cross that left scenes of desolation. As a photographer I felt I should try and record this post-industrial Glasgow just as the socially concerned photographe…

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