Broad Close No 167 High Street, 1868
Photographer: Thomas Annan (1829 - 1887)
Medium: Photographic print
Ghostly moving figures populate Scottish photographer Thomas Annan's view of living conditions in the narrow lanes of Glasgow. Annan was commissioned by The City Improvement Trust to document the city's slums which were scheduled for demolition and reconstruction by an act of Parliament in 1866.
In the introduction to 'The Old Closes And Streets Of Glasgow' William Young writes that, "The value of many of the plates embraced in this volume consists in their true presentation or suggestion of the seamy side of the city's life; in their depicting with absolute faithfulness, the gloom and squalor of the slums."
In her introduction to the Dover edition of the same book Anita Ventura Mozley cites that Annan gives "...us the first photographic representation available of the dwelling places and the inhabitants of an urban slum."