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Children, the Gorbals, Glasgow'
© Roger Mayne

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Children, the Gorbals, Glasgow' 14 February 1958 (printed 1989)

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Children are the trickiest of human subjects to photograph, because of their energy and restlessness. Yet Roger Mayne established his reputation during the 1950s and 1960s as one of the most sophisticated street photographers of children. This vivacious photograph was taken in the Gorbals in Glasgow, a predominantly working class neighbourhood on the south bank of the Clyde with a reputation for roughness and high crime rates. Traditionally, the area housed a large number of Irish immigrants, and the name comes from ‘Gort a' Bhaile’, or ‘famine of the farm’. Slum clearances in the nineteenth century did little to improve the area, but more recent efforts, including the demolition of the infamous Queen Elizabeth Square flats, have lowered crime rates and increased property value.


  • Acc. No. PGP 193.5
  • Medium Silver gelatine print
  • Size
  • Credit Purchased 1993