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Do you know the people in these pictures of tenement life?

Young mother in the Gorbals, Glasgow Image copyright Nick Hedges
Image caption A young mother pushing her baby in the Gorbals, Glasgow

A photographer who pictured Scots living in tenement slums 45 years ago is now hoping to be reunited with his subjects.

Nick Hedges took the photos for housing charity Shelter in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

He now wants to meet the people in his pictures to find out what happened to them.

The images will be featured in an exhibition in Edinburgh's St Andrew Square until 30 October.

Image copyright Nick Hedges
Image caption A couple and their two children lived in this damp flat before they were re-housed by the Christian Action Housing Association
Image copyright Nick Hedges
Image caption Shelter and Nick Hedges are keen to find out what happened to people in the photographs
Image copyright Nick Hedges
Image caption Taken in 1970, this image shows a young girl sitting barefoot on a bed with the walls behind her covered in damp and the fireplace crumbling

Mr Hedges, who is now 73, 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.

"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 I 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."

Image copyright Nick Hedges
Image caption The images capture cities which have been changed radically by re-building
Image copyright Nick Hedges
Image caption The children in the pictures would now be in middle age
Image copyright Nick Hedges
Image caption Child crosses a Glasgow tenement courtyard in 1971
Image copyright Nick Hedges
Image caption At the kitchen sink in a tenement flat in Glasgow, 1970
Image copyright Nick Hedges
Image caption Children playing in a derelict tenement Glasgow
Image copyright Nick Hedges
Image caption Children playing in the street by a Leith tenement in 1972
Image copyright Nick Hedges
Image caption View of tenement in Glasgow in 1971

Director of Shelter Scotland Graeme Brown said: "I encourage anyone who recognises themselves, or family members and friends to get in touch with us. We want to hear the stories behind these iconic images, and in particularly what happened after they were taken.

"These photographs are a sobering piece of history not only for Shelter Scotland, but the nation as a whole and it's important to preserve the stories behind them."

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