The Castlemilk Lads (1963)
About this artwork
The 'Castlemilk Lads' is one of Marzaroli's best known photographs. Shot on one of the growing housing estates on the outskirts of Glasgow during the 1950s, it speaks of a city altered by town planners beyond all recognition. The provocative stare of three of the boys and the angst of the one looking away, give us a clear idea about the unfriendly environment which they inhabit.
The son of Italian immigrants, Oscar Marzaroli lived in Scotland from the age of two and considered himself in every respect a Glaswegian. In 1959 after a period of travelling in Europe he opened a small photographic studio in the city. However, he quickly found it easier to make a living as a filmmaker, eventually establishing his own company, Ogham films, in 1967. Marzaroli is best known for his photographs of Glasgow and of artists in Scotland. He achieved full public recognition with two exhibitions held in close succession at the Third Eye Centre in Glasgow in the mid-1980s.