Make life worth living

Nick Hedges’ photographs for Shelter 1969-72

Mother and her baby on the staircase of her condemned Gorbals tenement 1970

Mother and her baby on the staircase of her condemned Gorbals tenement 1970

Photographer's Notes

At the end of one such block which seemed completely empty I found evidence of life. A baby in a pram, I looked up and saw his mother at a window two floors; I waved and we shouted greetings. Mrs Harley, her husband and baby son were the sole occupants of a block of tenements that at one time must have housed 150 families.

Nick Hedges
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