My Dublin 1963 // My Dubliners 2020
Photographs & Commentary
By: Alen MacWeeney
**This book will be published in November 2021. Copies ordered before then will be dispatched when stock is available.**
These 87 black & white photographs taken by Alen MacWeeney in Dublin in 1963/5 are spontaneous images of Dublin and Dubliners in all areas of the city, a street odyssey reflecting a cross section of the people, their habits and behaviour, ten years before Ireland joined the European Union and the wider world.
The text on facing pages is composed of social commentary gleaned from a posting of each of the book’s photographs on Dublin social media platform Down Memory Lane, eliciting a flood of 70,000 responses during 2020.
These photographs of Dublin and Dubliners in 1963 have pertinent social and historical value as attested by their placement in numerous US Universities and museums. The text offers a novel way of understanding and appreciating a full gamut of Dublin personalities through their reactions to the posting of these photographs during the current pandemic. The responses ranged from wonder and incredulity to heated derision, offset by the hilarity that characterize Dubliners. The richness of the commentary will be of interest to any Irish person curious to glimpse Dublin life in the ’60s and to gauge the reactions of Dubliners today.
MacSweeney’s work partakes of the tradition of reportage by Walker Evans, Cartier Bresson, Robert Frank and Richard Avendon, to whom he was apprenticed in Paris during the late fifties.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alen MacWeeney’s photographs have appeared internationally in magazines and books: among them, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, G.Q., Life, The World of Interiors, American Photographer, and Aperture, and others. His books: Irish
Walls; & Ireland; Stone Walls and Fabled Landscapes; Bloomsbury Reflections; Charleston: A Bloomsbury House and Garden; The
Home of the Surrealists; Spaces for Silence; Irish Travellers, Tinkers No More; Once Upon a Time in Tallaght; and, most recently, Under
the Influence (2012).
His photographs are in the permanent collections the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Art
Institute of Chicago, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, among others; he has had solo shows in New York,
Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Paris, Stockholm and Dublin; and his work is held in many private collections. His archive now
resides in Cork University. He co-directed the film Traveller, based on his early photographs of the Irish Travellers, broadcast on RTÉ
and BBC 4, and included in Itinérances, 28th Festival Cinéma d’Alès.
He lives in New York and Sag Harbor, with yearly travels to Ireland.
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