Actor slummed it for photo art
THESE stunning black-and-white photographs show Scotland’s biggest city before demolition changed its landscape forever.
The pictures of the Gorbals in Glasgow were taken by English actor Steven Berkoff – who played evil General Orlov in James Bond film Octopussy – in the autumn of 1966. BY GORDON ROBERTSON They are part of a body of work included in a new book and will go on display at an exhibition which opens in the city today.
Berkoff, who was performing at the Citizens Theatre at the time, was drawn to the slums and decay as it reminded him of his upbringing in London.
On his days off from performing at the Citz, the star of stage and screen would take off with his camera to explore the Gorbals and other parts of the city, including the Barras.
The Gorbals is unrecognisable today from these images of crumbling tenements and filthy streets but many Glasgwegians still rue the destruction of the area, which included the loss of a number of historic buildings.
Steven Berkoff: Gorbals 1966 is at Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow’s Trongate from today until September 16.
THEATRELAND The Gorbals’ Palace and Citizens PLAYGROUND Back court of a Gorbals tenement CONDEMNED Broken windows in flats EXHIBITION Steven Berkoff DEATH KNELL Buildings in the Gorbals were demolished. Two boys smoking, below