Close No 157 Bridgegate, 1868
Photographer: Thomas Annan (1829 - 1887)
Medium: Photographic print
Scottish photographer Thomas Annan's view of poor living conditions in the narrow lanes running towards the River Clyde, Glasgow. Annan was commissioned by The City Improvement Trust to document the inner-city slums earmarked for demolition and reconstruction through 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."
Anita Ventura Mozley introduces Annan's photographs in the Dover edition of the same book as "the first thorough photographic representation availbable of the dwelling places and the inhabitants of an urban slum."