The Forgotten Gorbals

Forgotten GorbalsIn January 1948, the illustrated magazine, Picture Post, published an article about a working-class district of Glasgow which it described as “The Forgotten Gorbals”. The article advocated urgent social reform and was accompanied by thirteen photographs, three by Bill Brandt and the rest by Bert Hardy. This photograph of Mary, a sixteen-year-old bakery worker, was the most powerful of all the images. As Picture Post’s caption suggested, Mary’s future – like the salt on the Sifta packet – was pouring away: “futility and frustration stretch ahead her dreams are losing their battle against reality”.

Image: Bert Hardy, silver gelatine print, National Galleries of Scotland

The Gorbals


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