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

British Culture Archive | December, 2017

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.”

Evocative

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.

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Kids playing on an abandoned car in Courtybella Terrace. Pill, Newport, 1974.
Kids play on an abandoned car in Courtybella Terrace, Pill Newport, 1974. Photo © Robin Weaver.
Webster Terrace, Treharris, South Wales, 1977.
Webster Terrace, Treharris, South Wales, 1977. Photo © Robin Weaver.
New Tredegar, South Wales, 1979.
New Tredegar, South Wales, 1979. Photo © Robin Weaver.
Pancake race. Bettws Shopping Centre, Newport, 1975.
Pancake race. Bettws Shopping Centre, Newport, 1975. Photo © Robin Weaver.
Kids drinking cans of Pepsi in Newport, 1978
Pepsi Kids. Newport, 1978. Photo © Robin Weaver.
Cwmbran Shopping Centre, South Wales, 1974
Cwmbran Shopping Centre, South Wales, 1974. Photo © Robin Weaver.
Pill, Newport, South Wales, 1974.
Pill, Newport, South Wales, 1974. Photo © Robin Weaver.
Children playing on their way home in Rhymney, 1975.
Children playing on their way home in Rhymney, 1975. Photo © Robin Weaver.
Woodland Terrace. Aberbeeg, South Wales, 1973.
Woodland Terrace. Aberbeeg, South Wales, 1973. Photo © Robin Weaver.
A foggy day in Troedyrhiw, South Wales, 1973
A foggy day in Troedyrhiw, South Wales, 1973. Photo © Robin Weaver.
Kids in Dowlais, South Wales, 1972.
Kids in Dowlais, South Wales, 1972. Photo © Robin Weaver.
Children Playing in the rubble of a demolished street during the redevelopment of Pill, Newport, South Wales, 1974.
Children Playing in the rubble of a demolished street during the redevelopment of Pill, Newport, South Wales, 1974.
Minding the baby. Splott, Cardiff, 1974. Photo © Robin Weaver.
Splott, Cardiff, 1975.
Splott, Cardiff, 1975. Photo © Robin Weaver.
Corner Shop. Splott, 1974. Robin" This is a corner shop in Splott, 1974. One of my favourite photos which is full of little details, things you don't see anymore like bacon slicers and glass milk bottles. The girls is probably spending her pocket money on a comic and some sweets and I love the look of pleasure on her face."
Corner Shop. Splott, 1974. Robin" This is a corner shop in Splott, 1974. One of my favourite photos which is full of little details, things you don't see anymore like bacon slicers and glass milk bottles. The girls is probably spending her pocket money on a comic and some sweets and I love the look of pleasure on her face."
Lady in Plasycoed Road, Cwmffrwdoer, Pontnewynydd, South Wales, 1972.
Plasycoed Road, Cwmffrwdoer, Pontnewynydd, South Wales, 1972. Photo © Robin Weaver.
Ladies going to Chapel on Sunday evening. Bleanavon, 1977.
Ladies going to Chapel on Sunday evening. Bleanavon, 1977. Photo © Robin Weaver.
Mr Parfitt, the last resident of the ironworkers' cottages in Stack Square, Blaenavon, South Wales, 1972.
Mr Parfitt, the last resident of the ironworkers' cottages in Stack Square, Blaenavon, South Wales, 1972. Robin "I was doing some moody shots of the row of empty cottages and was surprised when Mr Parfitt (aged 84) came out of one of them. His wife invited me in for a cup of tea. They were the last residents and due to be rehoused but were very proud if their neat cosy home. These cottages now form part of the Blaenavon Ironworks museum within the UNESCO World Heritage site." Photo © Robin Weaver.

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