Gorbals Library

Oscar Marzaroli's Gorbals

Oscar Marzaroli's Gorbals
Dates and times
Every day from 28th Aug 2023
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All ages

Street Level Photoworks in partnership with the Marzaroli Collection and Gorbals Library, are delighted to present this display of 21 historical photographs of the Gorbals by famed Scots-Italian photographer Oscar Marzaroli (1933 –1988).

Through portraits and landscapes, Marzaroli captured Glasgow during an exceptional time when city slums were being cleared to make way for new social housing. His images perfectly encapsulate the atmosphere surrounding those fundamental shifts in society. 

Oscar was a photographer of great ability, who captured the nature of the city and people with sensitivity and empathy.

Image credit: Oscar Marzaroli 'Playing Ring', Gorbals, School Playground 1963. © Oscar Marzaroli Collection, courtesy Street Level Photoworks.

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This accessible toilet is approximately 14m (15yd 11in) from the main entrance, on the right hand side. 

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Photography and video recording

On occasion, Glasgow Life will be on the premises to film and take photos.

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