Several people featured in iconic photographs of Scotland’s tenement slums have come forward after housing charity Shelter issued a public appeal, Amateur Photographer has learnt

[Photo credit: Nick Hedges]

Photographer Nick Hedges took more than 1,000 images for Shelter between 1969-72.

Hedges has agreed to lift a 45-year ban on use of the photos in Scotland, a restriction he imposed to protect the identity of his subjects.

The photographer says he wants to meet the people again and revisit the areas he photographed.

Launching the project on 21 October, Hedges said: ‘It would be wonderful to meet the children I photographed all those years ago and to hear their stories.

‘I often wonder what happened to them, if they went on to lead happy and healthy lives.’

The photographer added: ‘When I was commissioned by Shelter to take these photographs, I never imagined that decades later they would still have such impact – none more so than on me personally.

‘The poverty and terrible conditions witnessed shocked me to the core.

‘My hope is 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.’

373-18.web[Photo credit: Nick Hedges]

Shelter has told Amateur Photographer that it is not yet ready to release information about the people who have come forward.

Commenting on the project, Shelter Scotland’s director Graeme Brown said: ‘These photographs are a sobering piece of history not only for Shelter Scotland, but the nation as a whole.

‘They show us how far we have come in providing safe, secure and affordable housing to the people of Scotland, but also that we must do more for the tens of thousands of families and individuals still desperate for a home to call their own.

‘Almost 50 years after these pictures were taken, it is a mark of shame that almost 5,000 children in Scotland will wake up tomorrow homeless, often living in cold, damp and dangerous conditions.’

Some of Nick Hedges’ photos are on show in a free outdoor exhibition at St Andrew Square, Edinburgh until tomorrow.

To view his shots visit http://www.shelterscotland.org/lifeworthliving

People who recognise themselves, or someone else, in the photos are urged to email mediascotland@shelter.org.uk