Stenlake Publishing - Glasgow by Tram <i> In photographs by John Hume </i>

Glasgow by Tram In photographs by John Hume

Author : John Hume
ISBN : 9781840339017
Cover : paperback
Price : £11.95

Perhaps best known for his extensive body of work on industrial archaeology, in this book, John Hume shares the photographs he took himself of Glasgow trams when the network of routes was contracting. Born in a tenement flat in Clarkston Road in February 1939, he could see three tram services running outside as he grew up. From the mid-1950s, John used both trams and his bicycle to explore the network and began photographing the trams firstly with his pre-war Brownie Box Camera, then from 1960 with a 35mm camera. Time was short, as only 18 months later, the Last Tram Procession took place. The author sees this as the harbinger of great swathes of the city being flattened and communities lost with their population displaced to ‘multi-storey fling cabinet blocks’ and a general de-humanisation of the city, with the loss of the tram as symbolic of what is fundamentally wrong with society. He asks not that you look at this collection with nostalgia but as a model for how the city of Glasgow should be. You’ll need to by the book to understand John’s points properly, but as he says in the introduction, “You will see in my photographs what I mean.”

Glasgow by Tram In photographs by John Hume

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