Fifty years ago a shy Swedish student was so entranced by the people of inner city Birmingham he decided to capture their lives on camera.
Photographer Ingemar Lindahl admits he no longer recognises the Birmingham he knew a half a century ago after he glimpsed life among the back-to-backs of Ladywood.
On the 50th anniversary of the pictures being taken, the children depicted would now mostly be pensioners but it remains a fascinating archive taken around St Marks Street, near Spring Hill Library.
Mr Lindahl, then 22, had volunteered to build a playground and decorate some run-down flats with an international youth group just a few years before the shared courtyards and back-to-backs would disappear forever.
Among the characters he captured was Mr Wilson who held a pipe in his mouth but never lit it and whose shoes always shone. Behind him was Mrs Wilson who would peer out through her window.
He remembers the kindness of shopkeeper Mrs Williams who would invite the foreigners in for tea. Then there was the potty-mouthed little girl who came to the playground alone and left alone.
Now 72 and a grandfather of 11, Mr Lindahl said: "There was a sense people were trying to get by with whatever means they had. People were accepting of each other, which was surprising. Everybody knew their neighbour didn't have more money than himself.
"What I carried with me back home was how people really tried to make the best of life whatever the circumstances.
"Those few weeks in Birmingham really made an impression. I still notice I have that as a reference point to what life can be. I saw it's possible to sort out your life, whatever you have as a background, you can still have respect for yourself."
Mr Lindahl has returned to Birmingham just once, in 1998. He said: "I hardly recognise Birmingham now. It's so modern and thriving. Changed utterly from the rather battered little city I knew.
"I wanted to come back to see what had happened. I suppose that, in my heart, I wanted to see Mr Wilson with his shiny shoes, Mrs Wilson still behind her curtain, and Mrs Williams pouring tea."