Incredible street photography lifts the lid on Glasgow in the 1990s

ByDavid M. Conte

Jun 11, 2022

Images taken in the 90s by one of the city’s greatest documentary photographers are the subject of a new book: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert – Glasgow 1990s.

Revealing a city that was working to reinvent itself in time for the turn of the century, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert’s monochrome street shots paint a portrait of Glasgow it is unique and poignant.

Football fans fed up and weaning from gurning council succession are intercut with demo views, bangs and deprivation in this never-before-seen series of Cafe Royal Books.

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The challenge is in the air at the beginning of the decade when Glasgow – European capital of culture in 1990 – rejects the capitation.

Turn a page, and we are in George Square in 1991, with protesters making their voices heard against the war in Iraq.

The social situation in the city is quite desperate. Towers in the Gorbals that have barely stood for 20 years are exploding. The trash-strewn backyards at Easterhouse are reminiscent of the slums of a generation past.

Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert – Glasgow 1990s was published by Café Royal Books.

While not completely devoid of humor and hope, the content here is undeniably dark.

Better days are ahead of us – we just don’t know when they are coming.

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In one captivating image, two elderly men are pictured trying to start a fire on a stretch of wasteland in Govan. In the background, the desolation of the old industrial heartland is compounded by a half-demolished building bearing the remains of a shattered mural of Glasgow’s Miles Better.

Glasgow tries to put on a brave face, but is still let down by the powers that be.

Click below to view a gallery showing Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert’s images of Glasgow in the 1990s.

Deprivation of the Easter House, 1994.