In Pictures: How Oscar Marzaroli captured growing up in Glasgow in the 1960s

Oscar Marzaroli is one of the finest photographers Scotland has ever produced. His pictures of Glasgow and its people have become part of the city’s story and self-image.

Five years ago, more than 50,000 photographs taken by Oscar Marzaroli, who died in 1988 aged 55, were donated to Glasgow Caledonian University by his family. Within the staggering portfolio lies one of the most significant and fascinating collection of images capturing life in Glasgow .

His landscapes of the industrial city bathed in glimmers of light help to evoke a place of gritty wonder. Street photography of children and young people, often captured against a backdrop of disappearing tenements and rising tower blocks in the 1960s, offer a snapshot of a changing city.

The Archive Centre at Glasgow Caledonian University has been entrusted with the Marzaroli Collection in its entirety. 

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