Ac­tor slummed it for photo art

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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

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