Magnum Ireland

Magnum Ireland

by John Banville
     
 
The changing faces of Ireland—social, political, and cultural—documented by some of the greatest photographers of the modern era.

Since the invention of photography, Ireland has been a magnet for photographers, but this book is unique in bringing together the work done by the unrivaled talents of the members of Magnum. From Ireland's first

Overview

The changing faces of Ireland—social, political, and cultural—documented by some of the greatest photographers of the modern era.

Since the invention of photography, Ireland has been a magnet for photographers, but this book is unique in bringing together the work done by the unrivaled talents of the members of Magnum. From Ireland's first attempts to forge a modern identity in the 1950s to the confident country of the twenty-first century, here is a stunning survey of a beautiful and complex place and people, through times of peace as well as trouble.

The photographs reflect the extraordinary insights of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Josef Koudelka, Inge Morath, Erich Lessing, Eve Arnold, Martine Franck, Martin Parr, Bruce Gilden, Donovan Wylie, Stuart Franklin, and others. They bring a truly international perspective to the book, reflecting the sensibilities of America, France, Germany, Iran, Japan, Morocco—and, of course, Ireland itself.

Organized decade by decade, the images show the lingering influence of rural life in the 1950s; the hidden story of ordinary Irish men and women—as well as the sectarian conflict—during the uneasy 1960s and 1970s; renewed confidence and the growth of prosperity and peace as the century passed through its last two decades; and the robust "Celtic tiger" of today. Each decade has commentary and context supplied by one of the most notable Irish writers of our time. With texts by: John Banville, Anthony Cronin, Anne Enright, Eamonn McCann, Nuala O'Faolain, Fintan O'Toole, and Colm Toibin. Over 250 photographs in color and duotone.

A touring exhibition of the photographs in MagnumIreland will begin in Ireland in Spring 2006 before continuing in the United States.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Editors Lardinois (special projects & cultural director, Magnum Photos London) and Williams (photography, London Coll. of Communications) have compiled a photography book of Ireland quite unlike the countless others on the market. Magnum touts itself as "a photographic co-operative of great diversity and distinction owned by its photographer-members," and diverse and distinct definitely describe the images here. This book, which accompanies a touring exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, is organized by decade and chronicles Irish life from the early 1950s to today. The photographs capture these years in all their tumultuousness and glory and show readers not the Ireland of mass-produced calendars and travel guides but the Ireland its people have long known and inhabited. Each chapter begins with an essay by a prominent Irish writer that provides a context for the photographs that follow and serves as a historical commentary on the events of each particular decade. Highly recommended for larger academic and public libraries with strong photography collections.-Sheila Devaney, Univ. of Georgia Libs., Athens Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500543030
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
11/19/2005
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
10.40(w) x 10.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

John Banville is an award-winning novelist and a former editor of the Irish Times. He lives in Dublin.

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