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The Irish By Sean Sexton

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The first Irish photographs date from 1840, a year after Louis Daguerre announced to the world his discovery of the photographic process. In the century that followed, Irish political life was dominated by the struggle for land rights, for Home Rule, and for independence. This book covers the first century of Ireland in the era of photography.
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The Irish: A Photohistory by Sean Sexton

The first Irish photographs date from 1840, a year after Louis Daguerre announced to the world his discovery of the photographic process. In the century that followed, Irish political life was dominated by the struggle for land rights, for Home Rule, and finally for independence. Ireland was to know tragedy and triumph, bitter struggle and agonized compromise. Much of that experience, now so remote, is brought to life here in images so powerful that they remind one of the miracle that photography once seemed. Yet these photographs, which cover the first century of Ireland in the era of photography, do more than tell a gripping political story. They give a wider insight into a people, a landscape, and a lost way of life. They capture the sheer hard labour of rural survival: cutting peat for fuel, gathering seaweed, fishing and tilling the soil, against the magnificence of the often harsh Irish landscape. And they show the grandeur, elegance and complacency of life in the Big House, home and symbol of the doomed Anglo-Irish elite.

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The Irish Reviews


'Exceptional ... a riveting visual chronicle, admirably unsentimental and richly informative' - Irish Times
'Riveting ... these powerful images give an extraordinary insight into a people, a landscape, and a lost way of life' - Irish Tatler
'A book that you will return to again and again' - Books Ireland

About Sean Sexton


Sean Sexton is an Irish-born photographic collector and author of The Irish: A Photohistory. He has been collecting historic photographs of Ireland for 40 years. His passion and expertise have made him a world leader in the field. Christine Kinealy is an Irish historian and author of over a dozen books on Irish history. She is currently Professor of History at Caspersen Graduate School, Drew University, New Jersey, in the United States.

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GOR008910544
The Irish: A Photohistory by Sean Sexton
Sean Sexton
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Thames & Hudson Ltd
2013-02-01
224
0500290792
9780500290798
N/A
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