Oscar Marzaroli: The Man Who Captured Scotland
Scottish singer-songwriter Ricky Ross examines the life and work of photographer and film-maker Oscar Marzaroli.
Born in Italy in 1933, Marzaroli moved to Glasgow at the age of two. Photographing in black and white, he produced a remarkable record of post-Second World War Scotland, and became famed for his iconic images of the Gorbals in the 1960s.
His photographs and films have become synonymous with Scotland, at that time a disaffected nation in the throes of regeneration. Marzaroli's images captured ordinary people struggling against poverty and social deprivation, yet who retained a strong sense of local pride and community spirit. During a time of controversial rebuilding, alongside a rising tide of Scottish nationalism, his photographic record has become a historical documentation of a lost society.
Ricky Ross discusses Marzaroli's life, career and legacy with the photographer's family, colleagues and contemporaries, including author William McIlvanney and Oscar's wife, Anne.