Magnum Ireland by Val Williams and Brigitte Lardinois
Val Williams and Brigitte Lardinois had access to the entire picture files of the Magnum archive to research this first publication to explore the work of Magnum photographers in Ireland, encompassing work from the 1950s to the present. The authors also curated a major exhibition, shown at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin and also in Belfast.
‘Hits the very highest note … this collection is so good that I wanted to linger over every picture’ – The Wall Street Journal
‘A vibrant survey of Ireland in all its beauty, pain, comedy and complexity’ – The Sunday Telegraph
‘John Banville’s introduction
[is a] kaleidoscope of wisdom and heartfelt realities’ – The RA Magazine
The photographs include the extraordinary insights of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliot Erwitt, Joseph Koudelka, Inge Morath, Erich Lessing, Eve Arnold, Martine Franck, Martin Parr, Ian Berry, Donovan Wylie, Stuart Franklin and many others.
Comment and commentary is provided by six of the most notable Irish writers of our time – Anthony Cronin, Nuala O'Faolain, Eamonn McCann, Fintan O'Toole, Colm Tóibin and Anne Enright.
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 three decades, right up to the present day.
John Banville, author of the introduction to 'Magnum Ireland', was the winner of the 2005 Man Booker Prize.
ISBN 978050054303026.00 x 25.80 cmHardback256pp. With 236 illustrations in colour and duotone.First published 2005