Picturing Glasgow: Raymond Depardon in conversation

Picturing Glasgow: Raymond Depardon in conversation

Renowed French photographer Raymond Depardon discusses his stunning 1980 photographs of Glasgow via Zoom.

In 1980, following a commission by The Sunday Times, French photographer Raymond Depardon, one of world’s most important living photographers, travelled to Glasgow where he went on to produce a stunning collection of images of life in the city.

This interview is a rare opportunity to hear Raymond Depardon speak about the genesis of the project, the position of this collection in his body of work, and the power of the photographic image to capture people and place.

Often stark in character, and uniquely combining elements of colour, light and composition, the photographs capture the effects of deindustrialisation and the housing policies of the era on the people of the city. Yet they simultaneously reveal something of the enduring resilience and sense of community among Glaswegians and have children’s experience of their homeplace at their core. Showing a cityscape that has been altered repeatedly – and sometimes controversially – in the course of its modern history, they offer an evocative and emotionally powerful glimpse of a Glasgow of which only traces remain today.

Depardon’s photographs were not ultimately published by The Sunday Times and were unknown to the public until a retrospective of his work at Paris’ Grand Palais in 2013. They eventually appeared in a volume published by Le Seuil in 2016.

This Zoom interview will take place in French with an English translation and will be recorded.


Thursday 5th November, 5-6.30pm

Registration for this event is necessary via Eventbrite, until 5pm on the day before the event.

Click here to book your ticket online.

The panel will consist of Dr Greg Kerr and Dr Paul Castro from the University of Glasgow as well Dr Andy Stafford from the University of Leeds.

The event is supported by the Stirling Maxwell Centre for the Study of Text/Image Cultures and the Alliance Française Glasgow.

For any questions regarding this event, please contact: greg.kerr@glasgow.ac.uk

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