By Paul Wright | 12 December 2017, 17:07pm

In the 1970s photographer Robin Weaver worked as a reporter for a local newspaper in South Wales. Aside from his day job taking the usual shots of rugby matches, mayoral visits and flower shows, Robin had a passion for documentary photograpy – capturing the everyday lives of people in and around the towns and valleys of South Wales.

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.”

The evocative images in our gallery below highlight a selection of Robin’s work that capture a different era in Welsh culture, faces and places that are no longer with us, images frozen in time before the hyper-connected world we live in now.



Dowlais. Merthyr Tydfil, 1970s. Photo © Robin Weaver.

Corner shop in Splott, Cardiff, 1970s. Photo © Robin Weaver.


New Tredegar, 1980s. Photo © Robin Weaver.


Ebbw Vale Steelworkers are told their plant is to be closed, 1975. Photo © Robin Weaver.


Children playing on their way home from school in Rhymney, 1970s. Photo © Robin Weaver.



Carnival day in Blaenavon, 1970s. Photo © Robin Weaver.


Farmers Wives at Abergervenny Cattle Market, 1970s. Photo © Robin Weaver.


Dowlais. Merthyr Tydfil, 1970s. Photo © Robin Weaver.


Tiger Bay, Cardiff, 1970s. Photo © Robin Weaver.


Rugby fans mocking a preacher outside Cardif Arms Park, 1970s. Photo © Robin Weaver.


Cwmbran Shopping Centre, 1970s. Photo © Robin Weaver.


Pancake Day. John Frost Square, Newport, 1970s. Photo © Robin Weaver.


A mum and her toddler at the outdoor market, Newport, 1970s. Photo © Robin Weaver.


A boy on his Raleigh Chopper Newport, 1970s. Photo © Robin Weaver.


Boys play on an abandoned car. Newport, 1970s. Photo © Robin Weaver.



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