A Different Country | Robin Weaver’s Images of South Wales in the 1970s.

British Culture Archive got in contact with the Derbyshire based photographer Robin Weaver recently in regards to his brilliant set of images taken during the 1970s.

Back in the the seventies Robin was working as a young reporter for a local newspaper in South Wales, and aside from taking the usual press shots of rugby matches, mayors visits and the occasional flower show, in his spare time he enjoyed taking photographs and documenting the lives of the everyday Welsh people in and around the valleys and towns where he was working.

The evocative images below are just a selection of Robins photography that capture a different era in Welsh culture, images frozen in time way before the fast paced digital age that we live in now.

Robin says “I believe that old photographs develop a special character. It’s a unique sheen imbued by the passage of time. Looking through these photographs today, four decades later, I find myself not only in a different time, but also in a different country.”

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Dowlais, Merthy Tydfil.
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A corner shop in Splott, Cardiff.
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Babysitting in Splott, Cardiff.
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New Tredegar.
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Ebbw Vale Steelworkers are told their plant is to be closed, 1975.
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Children playing on their way home in Rhymney.
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Farmers’ wives at Abergavenny cattle market.
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Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil.
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Tiger Bay, Cardiff.
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Rugby fans mocking a preacher outside Cardiff Arms Park.
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Carnival day in Blaenavon.
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Cwmbran Shopping Centre.
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Pancake tossing in Newport.
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A mum and toddler at the outdoor market, Newport.
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A boy on his Raleigh Chopper, Newport.
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Children play on an abandoned car in Pill, Newport,

All images © Robin Weaver http://www.twitter.com/RWeaverPhotos

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