ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: October 31, 2020
Coming Into View: Eric Watt’s Photographs of Glasgow
By Isobel McDonald
Eric Watt was a true pioneer of street photography in Scotland. A secondary school teacher, he spent his free time photographing Glasgow from the late 1950s until his death in 2005. Following his passing, Eric’s family gifted a large number of his images to Glasgow Museums, and since then work has been ongoing to archive this amazing legacy of over 2,000 images.
The book includes essays about Eric’s life and photographic career. It is divided in sections and is a mix of black and white and colour photos, revealing both the playful eye of Eric Watt and his careful way of capturing Glasgow on film.
Isobel McDonald is Curator of Social History at Glasgow Museums. Having originally studied archaeology at Edinburgh University, she had expected to go into fieldwork, however a chance conversation with a friend about job opportunities at the British Museum has led to a long and varied career in museums and archives. She has specifically focused on the history of Glasgow for the last 18 years and is fascinated by the city’s rich past. In recent years she has worked on a wide range of exhibitions including the history of the Red Road flats, Georgian Glasgow and ‘GlaswegAsians’ – a community-led project examining the history and contribution of the South Asian population in Glasgow.