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Magnum Ireland

Val Williams

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A stunning survey of a beautiful and complex place and people, as seen by the unrivalled talents of Magnum photographers

Overview

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, as seen through the lenses of the unrivaled talents of Magnum photographers.

The photographs reflect the extraordinary insights of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliot Erwitt, Josef Koudelka, Inge Morath, Erich Lessing, Eve Arnold, Martine Franck, Martin Parr, Ian Berry, Donovan Wylie, Stuart Franklin and many others. Commentary and context is supplied by Anthony Cronin, Nuala O'Faolain, Eamonn McCann, Fintan O'Toole, Colm Tóibín and Anne Enright, six of the most notable Irish writers of our time.

Organized decade by decade, the images show the lingering influence of rural life in the 1950s; the hidden stories of ordinary Irish men and women – as well as the sectarian conflict – during the troubled 1960s and 70s; and the country's renewed confidence and prosperity over the past thirty years.

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Reviews

'A kaleidoscope of wisdom and heartfelt realities'
RA Magazine

'A vibrant survey of Ireland in all its beauty, pain, comedy and complexity'
Sunday Telegraph

'Hits the very highest note … this collection is so good that I wanted to linger over every picture'
The Wall Street Journal

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Specifications

Format: Hardback

Size: 26.0 x 25.8 cm

Extent: 256 pp

Publication date: 7 November 2005

ISBN: 9780500543030

About the Author

Brigitte Lardinois was Special Projects and Cultural Director at Magnum Photos for over ten years, and is now Senior Research Fellow at London College of Communication.

Val Williams is Professor of the History and Culture of Photography Director of Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC).

List of Contributors

Brigitte Lardinois, John Banville, Anthony Cronin, Nuala O'Faolain, Eamonn McCann, Fintan O'Toole, Colm Tóibín, Anne Enright