Beatle Girl (1964 - 1965)
About this artwork
Although on the surface this is an image of a little girl enjoying herself on a walk with her older sister, it documents a time in the nineteen sixties when powerful cultural and economic forces were revolutionising working-class youth culture. It is part of a 1964-5 series portraying the children of the Gorbals (a working-class district of Glasgow) which had been previously photographed in the late 1940s.
- title: Beatle Girl
- accession number: PGP 99.4
- artist: Joseph McKenzieScottish (born 1929)
- gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(Print Room)
- object type: Photograph
- subject: Documentary
- materials: Silver gelatine print
- date created: 1964 - 1965
- measurements: 30.20 x 24.00 cm
- credit line: Purchased from the photographer, 1987
Joseph McKenzie trained as a photographer whilst in the RAF, and became one of Britain's most prolific post-war practitioners. After his appointment as Lecturer in Photography at Duncan of Jordanstone College in 1964, he embarked on a series of ambitious documentary projects. McKenzie recorded the dramatic transformation of Scotland's cities during the 1960s. During a trip to Belfast in 1969, he witnessed the mounting sectarian violence and clearly sympathised with the Catholic minority. The controversy surrounding a subsequent showing of material at Aberdeen Art Gallery in 1972 compelled McKenzie to withdraw from public exhibition until the late 1980s.