Being Irish

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Being Irish

  • Photographer Claude Le Gall
  • ISBN 9781908457332
  • Hardback with printed cover
  • Duotone and colour: 270 x 290mm (landscape) + 168pp

Photographer, Claude Le Gall’s first trip to Ireland was in the winter of 1982. From the start, his interest was focused on the people he met. He had already started work on the daily life in Brittany where he lived and had photographed the last kelp gatherers in the little seaside village where he was born.

For a Breton, Ireland was an obvious destination. Claude felt a deep interest for the populations that lived along the Atlantic and in particular for those with Celtic origins. He visited Ireland every year and, on two occasions ( in 1982 and 1990 ), worked as a teacher of French in a community school in Co. Wexford and in a convent school in Kells.

He travelled the length and breadth of the country, meeting innumerable people who were happy to share a few moments with a photographer who came from France. During those years, he documented the lives of the people he met and went to events such as Puck Fair in Killorglin, Smithfield market in Dublin, Croagh Patrick in Co. Mayo.

The country, by all accounts, was not very different from what it had been in the 1960s and emigration was still quite high. This was to change a few years later when the Celtic Tiger flexed its muscle and the economy developed considerably, turning Ireland into one of the most prosperous nations in the European community. Ireland was becoming a completely different country but, by then, Le Gall had moved on to other destinations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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