John J Brady

"All of these photos were taken on a weekend return from art college to visit my parents in the east end of Glasgow in 1975," says John J Brady of his deeply atmospheric photographs of children playing by their decaying tenements in Glasgow, 1975.

John’s photographs of Glasgow are authentic. The mixed light is reminiscent of Léonard Misonne’s extraordinary photographs. Something about the lack of colour makes you look and look again at John’s images. “Black and white are the colors of photography,” observed the great Robert Frank. “To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.”