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Oscar Marzaroli - Man with a Camera

I caught this on BBC 2 last night it says it's not available on the iplayer yet but I hope it will be soon. It was great look at some fantastic photographs of Glasgow and the stories behind them.

from the BBC
Paris had Cartier-Bresson, New York - Diane Arbus and Glasgow - Oscar Marzaroli. Man with a Camera celebrates the life and work of Glasgow's pre-eminent photographer, using some of the 50,000 shots taken over thirty years - a moving portrait of a love affair between a man and his city, and the affection in which he is held today.

Marzaroli's black-and-white photographs have become synonymous with a post-war Scotland in the throes of regeneration. They captured both the aspects of the old, such as the rag-and-bone man in the Gorbals or the cockle gatherers of Barra, and the paraphernalia of the new - cranes, towers and construction at Glasgow's Charing Cross.

As Glasgow's landscape changes once again and the high-rises that Marzaroli documented going up are gradually being razed to the ground, this film celebrates Marzaroli's remarkable photographic legacy.

so yeh it's now on iplayer for those who are interested

Just watched that and what a great piece of history.

Surprised they never showed the wee sculpture of the kids in high heels though.

It also includes a piece by Sarah who was the girl that Norrie and I got involved with the project at the Citizen's

I saw her as well mate..

Nice to see a revival of interest in Oscar's photographs,and I look forward to seeing more of his previously unprinted images.

It is a pity,hoever,that the BBC programmes falls into the usual trap of sweeping generalisations - if its run-down housing and dereliction,"it must be the Gorbals".

Not for the first time,the programme also shows stills of two storey,brick terraces cascading down a hill,and looking more like Byker in Newcastle (as I remember it),than anything you would ever find in Glasgow.One of these images was unfortunately featured on the front cover of an anthology of Glasgow prose and poetry a couple of years ago,and was supposedly illustrating a typical working class neighbourhood in the city. Forum Index -> Events and Recommendations
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