In 1980 Raymond Depardon fulfills an order for the Sunday Times Magazine, but the reportage will never be published.
The pictures will wait in the photographer’s boxes until the exhibition Un moment si doux (Such a sweet moment) at the Grand Palais (14th November 2013 – 10th February 2014), where the audience discovers a sample of the Glasgow series and goes into raptures about it. Depardon grasps the light of Scotland as never before and sublimes the end of a working world.
Glasgow’s cloudy skies and soaked ground give an extraordinary beauty to the wanderings of working people, hanging around in front of the shops, walking towards the factories’ walls and even playing about ruined houses.
In Glasgow the reportage has been reproduced in full creating an evocative glimpse at a past world. Depardon captured both the harsh realities of life for some, but also children playing happily and widespread evidence of a community spirit undimmed by tough circumstances.
Depardon’s extraordinary pictures are also being used as part of a new exhibition at the Barbican, opening Wednesday 16th March.