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Steven Berkoff: Gorbals 1966 - Artist talk & Book Signing
14:00 on 14 July 2018
Street Level Photoworks
Join renowned actor and playwright Steven Berkoff for a walk and talk tour of his exhibition ‘Gorbals 1966’, followed by a book signing & opening reception on Saturday 21st July at 2pm – Free and all welcome!
This never before seen body of work covers a period in the Autumn of 1966, when Berkoff was an actor with The Citizens Theatre, which at that time was directed by Michael Blakemore. In the days he had off from acting, he would be out exploring with his camera, using that time to photograph the environment around The Citizens.
He was fascinated by the the appalling decay of The Gorbals, which was waiting for the iron ball of the demolition workers. These photographs capture most of it just in time. Like many photographers he was drawn to slums and decay, ‘because these are the areas in which I was brought up.’
Steven had already begun to capture the old Jewish East End, so The Gorbals photographs became a very apt echo of what was going on in the slums of London. His London photographs are captured in the book ‘East End Photographs’, edited by Lucy Bell.