Close No 11, Bridgegate, 1897 43
Photographer: Thomas Annan & Sons
Medium: Photographic print
Scottish photographer Thomas Annan's view of poor housing in the narrow lanes which run towards the River Clyde in 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 his 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 title as "the first thorough photographic representation available of the dwelling places and the inhabitants of an urban slum."