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Jürgen Schadeberg | Glasgow, 1968.

British Culture Archive | March, 2020.

Jürgen Schadeberg was born in Berlin in 1931, after working as an apprentice photographer for a German Press Agency in Hamburg he emigrated to South Africa in 1950, becoming the art director and chief photographer for Drum Magazine. Jürgen was one of the few European photographers to document the daily lives and struggle of black people during the Apartheid regime and photographed many key political figures including Nelson Mandela.

The Gorbals


In 1964 Jürgen left South Africa for the UK to freelance for various magazines and publications, and also teach at the Central School of Art & Design in London. During his time in the UK Jürgen also created a vast body of work documenting the daily lives of inner city working class communities – including an important document of the last days of the old tenements in the Gorbals district of Glasgow, which were demolished in the sixties to make way for new housing and tower blocks.

The photographs taken by Jürgen highlight the daily life for families as they tried to get on with life during the demolition and re-housing phase, despite many of them living in semi derelict conditions.

I focused on everyday life, which for me was more interesting and often neglected by the media”. Jürgen Schadeberg

All images © Jürgen Schadeberg, all rights reserved.

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