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

By Paul Wright

In the 1970s Robin Weaver worked as a reporter for a local newspaper in South Wales. Aside from his day job taking shots of rugby matches, mayoral visits and flower shows he had a passion for photographing and documenting the lives of the everyday Welsh people in and around the towns and valleys where he worked.

The evocative images in our gallery below highlight a selection of Robins photography that capture a different era in Welsh culture, images frozen in time way before the hyper-connected age we live in now.

Robin: “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.”

Gallery

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Dowlais. Merthyr Tydfil, 1970s. Photo © Robin Weaver.
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Corner shop in Splott, Cardiff, 1970s. Photo © Robin Weaver.
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Splott, Cardiff, 1970s. Photo © Robin Weaver.
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New Tredegar, 1970s. Photo © Robin Weaver.
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Ebbw Vale Steelworkers are told their plant is to be closed, 1975. Photo © Robin Weaver.
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Children playing on their way home from school in Rhymney, 1970s. Photo © Robin Weaver.
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Farmers Wives at Abergervenny Cattle Market, 1970s. Photo © Robin Weaver.
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Dowlais. Merthyr Tydfil, 1970s. Photo © Robin Weaver.
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Tiger Bay, Cardiff, 1970s. Photo © Robin Weaver.
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Rugby fans mocking a preacher outside Cardif Arms Park, 1970s. Photo © Robin Weaver.
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Carnival day in Blaenavon, 1970s. Photo © Robin Weaver.
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Cwmbran Shopping Centre, 1970s. Photo © Robin Weaver.
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Pancake day in John Frost Square, Newport, 1970s. Photo © Robin Weaver.
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A mum and her toddler at the outdoor market, Newport, 1970s. Photo © Robin Weaver.
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A boy on his Raleigh Chopper Newport, 1970s. Photo © Robin Weaver.
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Boys play on an abandoned car, Pill, Newport, 1970s. Photo © Robin Weaver.

 

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