Whether you’re from Glasgow or not, the echoes of life ringing in this book make it possible to feel a sense of home, even in the images of rubble and devastation. These images will return to you long after you’ve first viewed them. For this reviewer, it’s the curling wallpaper that pulls back to reveal a mural of a stag in an abandoned tower block flat. For others, visual ghosts might rise from the images of a dilapidated bingo hall or the demolitions themselves. Five Stars.
Photographer and filmmaker Chris Leslie is widely acknowledged as the most consistent chronicler of the city’s recent history. Disappearing Glasgow documents an era of spectacular change in film and still photography
THE GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART
The skyline of Glasgow has been radically transformed as high rise tower blocks have been blown down and bulldozed. 30% of the cities High Rise flats have disappeared since 2006, communities dispersed across the city and Dalmarnock has been raised from the ashes via the Commonwealth Games.
Does this Disappearing Glasgow herald a renaissance in the city? Photographer and filmmaker Chris Leslie is widely acknowledged as the most consistent chronicler of the city’s recent history. His new book documents an era of spectacular change in Glasgow through photography and interviews with those Glaswegians on the frontline.
Edited by Professor Johnny Rodger and featuring contribtion essays from leading architects and academics – Malcolm Fraser, Kirsten Paton, Barnas Calder, Rory Alcayto, Karen Anderson. The book will be previewed and exhibited at the Glasgow School of Art in September 2016 followed by an official launch at Streetlevel Photoworks on the 5th November.
Release date: 26th October 2016 / A4 Landscape Hardback, 192pp