Exhibition captures images of last 60 years

Evocative images of the last 60 years in Ireland will go on display next week at a major exhibition by the Magnum group of international photographers.

Evocative images of the last 60 years in Ireland will go on display next week at a major exhibition by the Magnum group of international photographers.

Dublin’s Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) will feature 150 photographs taken by some of Magnum’s best-known photographers including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eve Arnold and Elliott Erwitt.

A spokesman for worldwide photographic co-operative said: “The exhibition presents an evocative visual history of Ireland, North and South, with particular emphasis on rural life in the 1950s and 1960s and the Northern Troubles of the 1970s and 1980s.

“Also featured will be the rapidly-growing confidence and prosperity of the past decade and, throughout, the hidden lives of ordinary Irish men and women.”

The exhibition will be officially opened by the 2005 Booker-winning novelist John Banville on Tuesday and will run for two months until June 18.

Magnum Ireland is curated by Val Williams, Professor of Photography at the London College of Communications, and Brigitte Lardinois, Cultural Director at Magnum Photos, London.

The exhibition is organised by the Irish Museum of Modern Art in conjunction with Magnum Photos, London.

An illustrated book, Magnum Ireland, accompanies the exhibition and includes essays by John Banville, Anthony Cronin, Nuala Ó Faoláin, Eamonn McCann, Fintan O’Toole, Colm Toibín and Anne Enright.

Photographs on show include a 1950s race meeting in Thurles, Co Tipperary and the Puck Fair in Killorglin, Co Kerry, workers in Belfast’s Harland and Wolff shipyard and several photographs of Dublin.

Images from the 1960s show visitors to the Dublin Horse Show and the eagerly-anticipated arrival of Duffy’s Circus and the annual Twelfth of July celebrations in Northern Ireland.

Photographs from the 1970s depict the streets of Belfast and Derry thronged with British soldiers as public demonstrations and funeral processions continue around them.

Also striking are pictures of terrified funeral-goers fleeing a gun attack in Milltown cemetery in 1988.

Images from the 1990s show burned-out cars in Darndale, Dublin, an immaculately-dressed young women in a gospel hall in the North and a fashion shoot in Connemara.

Stark photographs from Dublin’s Trinity Ball and a pristine Maze prison feature from the last decade.

Founded in 1947, Magnum Photos is a world-renowned photographic co-operative owned by its photographer members, who chronicle and interpret the world’s peoples, events, issues and personalities.

Through its four editorial offices in New York, London, Paris and Tokyo, and a network of 15 sub-agents, it provides photographs to the press, television, publishers, the advertising industry, galleries and museums across the world.

The Magnum Photos library is a living archive updated daily with new work from around the globe.

There are approximately one million photographs in the physical library, with 350,000 images available online.

Admission to the exhibition is free to the public.

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