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Unseen Marzaroli images published
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Oscar Marzaroli's photograph of children in Glasgow's Gorbals

Previously unseen images taken by famed photographer Oscar Marzaroli are to be published for the first time in a new book, almost 20 years after his death.

Marzaroli, who died in 1988 aged 55, produced a remarkable photographic record of post-war Scotland.

The Italian-born Scot is most famous for his iconic images of Glasgow's Gorbals community in the 1960s.

His widow Anne has allowed previously unseen pictures to accompany the work of Glaswegian poet Norman Bissell.

Slate, Sea and Sky - a Journey From Glasgow to the Isle of Luing was published on Friday.

Mr Bissell, 61, spent two years writing poetry for the book before working alongside Mrs Marzaroli to choose photographs to complement his work.

He took iconic photographs of Glasgow but he left behind a photographic record of the whole of Scotland
Norman Bissell

He said: "Oscar's photographs capture an insight in to the people and landscapes of Scotland.

"I am delighted that so many of his wonderful photographs are accompanying my poems in ways that lend both an extra dimension."

Mr Bissell said the combination of poems and photographs covered a "journey" from Glasgow through Scotland, ending in the Isle of Luing - where Marzaroli visited and where Mr Bissell now lives.

He said: "I was always an admirer of Oscar's photographs.

"Being a Glaswegian poet, I could not fail to be indirectly inspired by his iconic images, which captured so well the changing face of the city and its people.

"His widow Anne became aware of my poems and offered me the opportunity to use Oscar's photographs alongside them in the book.

"I believe we had a common feeling for people and places."

Fisherman
Mr Marzaroli travelled the country capturing Scottish life

The book is the first collection of poetry to feature Marzaroli's work.

The photos were taken over 22 years between 1962 and 1984.

They include images of Gorbals children playing on a construction site, salmon fishermen on Staffin on the Isle of Skye and children holding hands in a primary school playground.

Landscapes chosen for the book include Kelvingrove Park, a sunset on the Butt of Lewis and Loch Lomond.

Mr Bissell added: "He took iconic photographs of Glasgow but he left behind a photographic record of the whole of Scotland - many of which he took as a film director during filming assignments all over the country."

Marzaroli was born in Castiglione in northwest Italy but came to Scotland with his family at the age of two.

He spent 39 years striding across Scotland, photographing playing children, fisherman, farmers and weavers, oil workers and crofters as well as rural and urban landscapes.

His work came to national attention in the 1980s with the publication of three collections of his photographs by the Edinburgh publishing house Mainstream.

Scots rock band Deacon Blue have used his photographs on their album and single covers.

In 1991, Glaswegian musicians including Wet Wet Wet, Deacon Blue, Texas and The Blue Nile contributed to an album entitled The Tree and the Bird and the Fish and the Bell in aid of the Oscar Marzaroli Trust.

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