Small Town Por­traits

Dennis Din­neen Gallery 1, Dou­glas Hyde Gallery, Trin­ity Col­lege, Dublin Un­til May 27

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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.

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