Close No 148 High Street, 1868
Photographer: Thomas Annan (1829 - 1887)
Medium: Photographic print
Scottish photographer Thomas Annan's view of living conditions in the narrow lanes of Glasgow, just off the High Street. 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."