Photographic celebration of docklands

THE history of Cork is built around the River Lee and the access to the open sea.

The Last Days of the Cork Docklands by Patrick Cummins is a photographic celebration of Cork docklands that captures the people and places in present form. The docklands have played a central part in Cork’s trading history and, being located in the heart of the city, feature greatly in the lives and memories of the local residents.

The book is a visual record of the dockers and stevedores who work the wharfs, the business operators, and the sporting clubs, such as the rowers and the American football players, which use the waterways and fields for recreation.

The photographs have been taken over a year and are a mixture of black-and-white and colour images.

The large-format book contains landscapes, architectural close-ups and detailed studies, but with an emphasis on portraits.

Mr Cummins is a freelance photographer, originally from Togher, Cork, who trained in the Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork.

He is a two-time winner in the Australian Nikon Press Photographer Awards and lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and two children.

The hardback edition is published by Cork University Press/Attic Press and is priced at €25.

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