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, 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,

Robin’s Book – South Wales in the 1970s now available from Cafe Royal Books here . https://www.caferoyalbooks.com/shop/robin-weaver-south-wales-in-the-1970s

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