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Off-Site Exhibition

Hugh Hood - Glasgow 1974-78


Barmulloch and Molendinar Community Centres, Glasgow.

Hugh began his photographic ‘career’ at the age of 10, by helping his father develop black & white prints at the family home. He attended Glasgow College of Printing and around 1972 he bought his first Creative Camera magazine and was influenced by images by Lee Friedlander and Robert Frank. 

It inspired him to photograph the streets of Glasgow, which are captured in this body of work from this period 1974-1978, a unique period in Glasgow’s social and architectural history when half of the the city’s tenements were being demolished and the other half undergoing transformation and construction. This Glasgow was a ‘frazzled interzone’ as the writer and journalist Allan Brown has written, which Hood’s images reflect without ‘sentiment or nostalgia’:

“This Glasgow was a city of ghosts and rubble, its air a miasma of sandstone dust and occluded sunlight. Hugh’s work was local history reframed as National Geographic anthropology… Every totem and trope that made up Glasgow’s visual sense of self was present and correct: the tenements, the cheeky wee boys, the Gorbals back courts, the cranes on the river… Yet the work had to it no civic dimension, it contained nothing that was cherishably Glaswegian, nothing quaint or beguiling: just frank and unblinking assessments of a vanquished city, nursing its shattered jawlines, awaiting the deliverance of some far-distant modern day.” [© Allan Brown, 2013, for Document Scotland].

After moving to London in 1980, Hood ‘lost’ all of his 35mm negatives, but luckily they resurfaced again in 2006 at his brother’s house in Glasgow from where the process of scanning and uploading to his website began. Hugh settled in London in 1983 after studying Film and Photographic Art at the Polytechnic of Central London. He currently works as a Director-Cameraman on documentary films for television.

Hugh's work will be shown simultaneously in both venues from the 2nd of February until the 19th of March.

Barmulloch Community Centre, 46 Wallacewell Quadrant, Glasgow G21 3PX. 
T: 0141 2760 875 (option 3)
Opening times: Mon &Wed 9am-9.30pm, Tue & Thu 9am-10pm, Fri 9am-9pm, Sat 9.30am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm

Molendinar Community Centre, 1210 Royston Road, Glasgow G33 1HE. 
T: 01412761300
Opening times: Mon - Wed 9am-9pm, Thu - Fri 9am-8.30pm, Sat & Sun Closed.

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