Post War Dream

A project by Raymond Depardon

Oh Maggie, Maggie what have we done?

In 1980, Raymond Depardon is commissioned by a British newspaper to shoot a story in Glasgow. Raymond is a French photojournalist, he knows nothing about the city and doesn’t speak any English. But the story of that place is just there, harsh and naked, amid the grind of Margaret Thatcher’s Britain. He just has to point and shoot, without being too scared. The result is a poetic and eerie photo series capturing everyday life in some of the city’s most deprived neighborhoods.

“I’d just got back from a previous assignment in Beirut for a German paper when I was contacted by the Sunday Times. They wanted to show contrast, seeing the way rich people in Glasgow lived on one page, and poor people on another.

“The first characters I came in contact with were some kids. They took me by the hand and led me to their den. At that time, photographing children was allowed. We couldn’t understand one another much, but it wasn’t a problem: We didn’t need words to communicate.

Glaswegians were extremely kind, so I had a lot of freedom. Coming back from the Middle East, it was gift in comparison to men armed with Kalashnikovs banning me from photographing them. At the time, I didn’t know much about Thatcher’s government and British politics. But now I see how these images show the violence of the era — especially the closure of industrial zones and mass unemployment.

Lonesome Town


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