Edition 2021




If you see Glasgow from the air, it looks like it’s been bombarded. What was once the second city of the British Empire, its major port for metalworks, shipbuilding, and railway engineering, now has the appearance of a former ruin that has been haphazardly rebuilt. Glasgow was once splendid, rich, and powerful. The city has been collapsing for a century. After peaking at more than one million people, it has lost almost half of its population and is now infamous for the life expectancy of residents born East End neighborhoods: just 54 years. The same forces of capitalism that are at work in other Western cities are re-sketching the visible face of the city. But even more than elsewhere, Glasgow is the epitome of capitalism, its physical expression. I have photographed the city with the 5x4 camera, making sure that each place and each object I captured is a profoundly exemplary and vivid clue to the city’s spirit.

Camille Fallet

Exhibition curators : Christophe Asso, Camille Fallet and Érick Gudimard.
Exhibition coproduced by Festival Photo Marseille.

Accessible upon presentation of the Rencontres d’Arles 2021 pass.

  • Institutional partners

    • République Française
    • Région Provence Alpes Côté d'Azur
    • Département des Bouches du Rhône
    • Arles
    • Le Centre des monuments nationaux est heureux de soutenir les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles en accueillant des expositions dans l’abbaye de Montmajour
  • Main partners

    • Fondation LUMA
    • BMW
    • SNCF
    • Pernot Ricard
    • Kering
  • Media partners

    • Arte
    • Lci
    • Konbini
    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
    • France Culture