Small Town Portraits
Dennis Dinneen Gallery 1, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin Until May 27
Dennis Dinneen, who died in 1985, was “a publican, taxi driver and, most notably, a photographer in his home town of Macroom.” From the 1950s through the 1970s he made numerous portrait photographs of local people, mostly in an improvised studio setting. The photos were generally intended as identity documents for administrative uses, or as personal keepsakes. So the images were cropped from the original negatives. For this show, those edited contexts have been restored, enhancing and lending a sense of context to the work and rooting it in particular historical moments. Wayne Daly has designed an accompanying publication, with a text written by Kevin Barry and an essay by Rachel McIntyre that considers Dinneen’s work in relation to comparable, acclaimed portraits by Mike Disframer and Seydou Keïta.