From 1968 to 1972, photographer Nick Hedges was hired by housing charity Shelter to travel round England and Scotland documenting the lives of families living in slum and squalor. His pictures are powerful, you can sense the cold and damp. Now Shelter wants to trace the people in these photographs.
“It would be wonderful to meet the children I photographed all those years ago and for them to be able to tell their stories,” says Nick. “I often wonder what happened to them, if they went on to lead happy and healthy lives. When I was commissioned by Shelter to take these photographs, I never imagined that decades later they would still have such impact. The poverty and terrible conditions I witnessed shocked me to the core. I hope that all these years later, by reconnecting with some of those I photographed, I am able to hear good news of what happened to the families… For a lot of people confronted by the photographs, these worlds were alien to them. They were shocked that this could be their country.”
We’ve pages dedicated to each city: Glasgow, Liverpool (Volume 1 and Volume 2), Newcastle, London, Sheffield, Manchester, Birmingham (Volume 1 and Volume 2), Salford, Leeds, Whitechapel (London) and Bradford.
You can see Nick’s shocking photos of life back then in Glasgow, Liverpool (Volume 1 and Volume 2), Newcastle, London, Sheffield, Manchester, Birmingham (Volume 1 and Volume 2), Salford, Leeds, Whitechapel (London) and Bradford.
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