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Port Glasgow Town Hall Christmas Party
© Mark Neville

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Port Glasgow Town Hall Christmas Party 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. This image featured on the front cover of the book and quickly took on an iconic status. The book, according to the Greenock Telegraph, caused a “sensation”, as locals expressed both their disgust and appreciation. It revealed, in the words of one respondent, that “we [Portonians] like a good party”. 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.


A devotional image, usually depicting Christ, the Virgin Mary or a saint, traditionally associated with the Byzantine, Greek and Roman Orthodox Churches. By extension, it is used to denote an important and enduring symbol.

Documentary photography, Icon


  • Acc. No. PGP 420.1
  • Medium C-type hand print
  • Size 100.00 x 125.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 2008