New Scottish photo exhibition explores childhood

  • 12 October 2017
  • From the section Scotland

Children playing on a lorry, Glasgow, 1958.Image copyright Katkin Tremayne
Image caption Images like this, by Roger Mayne, reveal the street playgrounds of the 1950s and 60s. This picture was taken in Glasgow in 1958.

The lives of children at play, at work, at home and in school will feature in a new exhibition of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.

More than 100 photographs have been selected from the vast archive of the National Galleries of Scotland for When We Were Young.

Curators say they reveal how the experience of being a child – and the way it is represented – has changed over 175 years.

The exhibition opens on 14 October.

Three boys with giant codImage copyright National Galleries of Scotland
Image caption The MacMahon of Aberdeen studio used small children to illustrate the size of the cod at a fish processing plant. The image dates from 1908.
Two young boys in Glasgow streetImage copyright The Peat Family
Image caption Children wander through streets next to Glasgow tenements in 1968 in An Eye on the Street, by David Peat.
Red Road Flats; Glasgow, 1974-76Image copyright Larry Herman
Image caption The exhibition explores the notion of play and how it has changed through the decades. This was at the Red Road flats in Glasgow in the 1970s.
Foot o' the Walk series, 1997Image copyright Andy Moxon
Woman cuddling child, 1963Image copyright The estate of Chick Chalmers
Primary School Teacher from 'Pictures from No Man's Land' 1984Image copyright David Williams
Image caption Education is another theme explored in the exhibition. This image is part of David William’s “Pictures from No Man’s Land”, from 1984.
Senior and Junior Girl from 'Pictures from No Man's Land' 1984Image copyright David Williams
Image caption Another image from “Pictures from No Man’s Land”, this time showing two pupils at either end of the school system.
Woman pointing finger at child in primary schoolImage copyright Larry Herman
Image caption Larry Herman took this picture at a primary school in Ferguslie Park, Paisley in the 1970s.
Shipbuilding apprentices, TynesideImage copyright Peter Suschitzky, Julia Donat & Misha Donat
Image caption These shipbuilding apprentices were photographed on Tyneside by Edith Tudor-Hart.
Woman and child, Camphill School, Bieldside, AberdeenImage copyright Peter Suschitzky, Julia Donat & Misha Donat
Image caption Edith Tudor-Hart’s pictures of Camphill School at Bieldside, Aberdeen, were originally commissioned for a magazine essay in 1949.
Unknown man and child, circa 1855.Image copyright National Galleries of Scotland
Image caption Earlier images dating from the Victorian era were posed and formal. This was taken by James Good Tunny in 1855.
Esther Adamson with rabbit 1860Image copyright National Galleries of Scotland
Irene McDonald by Rev Charles Lutwidge DodgsonImage copyright National Galleries of Scotland
Ross and Thomson Unknown Child, circa 1860sImage copyright National Galleries of Scotland

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