ALL EYES ON ERIC WATT

ALL EYES ON ERIC WATT

A new book, Coming Into View: Eric Watt’s Photographs of Glasgow, is an evocative collection of almost 100 images, revealing different aspects of the city he grew up in, through a period of great change.

Glasgow has changed beyond recognition since the late 1950’s, as skillfully captured in more than 3,500 photographs taken by the late, amateur photographer Eric Watt. A new book Coming Into View: Eric Watt’s Photographs of Glasgow is an incredible collection of images, by one of Scotland’s greatest, yet largely unknown, practitioners of Scottish street photography. It is available now.

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SOCIAL HISTORY; PHOTOGRAPHS
slide
Watt, Eric
Scot;land, Glasgow,
circa 1970s
plastic slide
overall:49 mm x 49 mm x 2 mm
Colour plastic slide taken by Eric Watt. No title given on slide. It depicts two boys with bikes outside a tenement building. The boy in the foreground is South Asian. There is no date on the slide but it is probably the 1970s. No location is given, but it is probably the Southside of Glasgow.

 

Eric Watt’s first job was Quality Controller of Schweppes in Possil Park, before turning to teaching. A secondary schoolteacher by trade, he created much of this body of work during his spare time as a member of Queens Park Camera Club in Glasgow. Following his death in 2005, a large part of his archive was gifted to Glasgow Museums’ collection by Eric’s brother Graham Watt.  Many of his images also went to Historic Environment Scotland and the Scottish Industrial Heritage Society.

 

Some of the most well-known aspects of city life are depicted in Eric Watt’s photographs. The changing face of the city is documented with affection and curiosity, including new high-rise housing, the M8 motorway and the growing South Asian population. This is complemented by striking images of kids at play and Glaswegians enjoying rare leisure time at the football, horse racing and big city events.

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SOCIAL HISTORY; PHOTOGRAPHS
slide
Boys Walking Under Queen Elizabeth Square Building
Watt, Eric
Scotland, Glasgow, Gorbals (place depicted)
circa 1960s/70s
film
overall: 35 mm x 24 mm. (glass mount)
Group of boys walking under triangular arch on Queen Elizabeth Square building. Colour slide taken by Eric Watt.