A Life of Industry

A Life of Industry : The Photography of John R Hume

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John R Hume is Scotland's foremost expert on industrial heritage. John's greatest passion was - and is - industry. Over the course of the 1960s, 70s and 80s, he took over 25,000 photographs of late-industrial and post-industrial Scotland. His collection is a remarkable portrait of a way of life that has now all but vanished. His drive to act as a witness to Scotland's industrial empire, and its steady disintegration, took him to every corner of the country.

John's photography produces an exhaustive and objective record. Yet it also reveals remarkable and poignant glimpses of domestic life - children playing in factory ruins, high-rises emerging on the city skylines, working men and women dwarfed by the incredible scale of an already crumbling industrial infrastructure.

In A Life of Industry, author Daniel Gray tells John's story, and the story of what has been lost - and preserved.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 250 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1849173095
  • 9781849173094

About Daniel Gray

Daniel Gray is the author of eight books including Homage to Caledonia, Stramash and Scribbles in the Margins. He has written for various newspapers, magazines and documentaries, and from 2016 to 2018 was Writer-in-Residence across the Scottish New Towns for the Edinburgh International Book Festival. He has given talks in hundreds of venues, regularly chairs events, anchors a fortnightly podcast and recently presented short history films for STV.

John R Hume's photographic output is now a significant part of the HES archive, providing a unique perspective on Scotland's history through the lens of his camera. His work centres around industrial archaeology and he was awarded an OBE in 1998.
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