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Boys at Devol, Port Glasgow
© Mark Neville

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Boys at Devol, Port Glasgow 2005

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
In 2004, Mark Neville spent a year as artist in residence in Port Glasgow, a town confronting, in concentrated form, the hardship of Scotland’s post-industrial decline. His stay resulted in a photographic book which he then distributed free as a gift to the community. The book, according to the Greenock Telegraph, caused a “sensation”, as locals expressed both their disgust and appreciation. This image shows seven boys swearing and taunting at the camera. Their confident and cocky behaviour belies the underlying issue that many of them will grow up and be met with few local jobs or prospects. With the project, Neville sought to reignite the potential of the documentary tradition. Photography, he insists, can and should be shared.

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Documentary photography

Photographs that are presented as a straightforward record of events, people and places.

Documentary photography


  • Acc. No. PGP 420.2
  • Medium C-type print
  • Size
  • Credit Purchased 2008