Malcolm Hill

Hampden Park Football Ground, Two Men Seated (early 1970s)

About this artwork

The Scottish Arts Council commissioned Malcolm Hill to create a series of photographs on football some time in the late sixties or early seventies. What is curious about the images of Hampden Park, the world-class stadium in Glasgow, owned by Queens Park Football Club, is that none of them actually shows the game. All the references are to off-the-pitch scenarios: the crowd queuing for tickets, the barbed wire on the walls around the stadium, or, as here, two unidentified men sitting in the empty stand.

Malcolm Hill

Malcolm Hill

Malcolm Hill was a professional architect who worked in private practice throughout his career. His is the design of the attractive Royal Bank of Scotland building in West George Street, Glasgow. An amateur photographer from an early age, Hill was commissioned by the Scottish Arts Council to produce several series of social studies in Glasgow, including one on football. Many of his photographs are on permanent display at the People's Palace in the city. Hill was one of the founding members of Glasgow's Street Level Gallery for the promotion of new photographic talent in Scotland. His subjects are quietly observed and recorded with an architect's sense of structure and clarity.