The Back Wynd, 1899
Photographer: Thomas Annan & Sons
Medium: Photographic print
Annan was commissioned by The City Improvement Trust to document the inner-city slum areas which were earmarked for demolition 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."
Buildings were "...given over to the housing of the 'industrious poor', or to those who made their livings in the streets, in one way or another." Extract from Anita Ventura Mozley's introduction to the Dover Edition of the book "Old Closes And Streets Of Glasgow"