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Exposures – Photography and Ireland

‘Exposures: Photography and Ireland’
Justin Carville
Reaktion Books Ltd

204 pages
220 x 190 mm
ISBN 9781861898715


Outside of Ireland, Irish photography centers around picturesque tourist views of the emerald green of both the Irish landscape and photojournalistic representations of The Troubles. Justin Carville sets out in Photography and Ireland to change this perception, to give attention instead to depictions of its social transformations, political upheavals, and geographical reimaginings as a colony, nation, province, and sovereign state.

As Carville demonstrates, photography not only has documented these transformations but has also helped shape how Ireland is viewed, both by itself and the rest of the world. The photobook explores the role photography in revealing the colonial and postcolonial visual cultures of Ireland from the nineteenth century to the present day. Carville places emphasis on the transnational dimension of photography in Ireland, including foreign photographers who have contributed their images to the cultural imagination of the island.


About the Artist
Dr. Justin Carville is a lecturer in Historical and Theoretical Studies in Photography at the National Film School, IADT. Widely published in Ireland and internationally, he has written over 100 reviews, exhibition catalogue essays, peer-reviewed journal papers, and essays for edited collections on the history of photography.  The focus of current research by Dr. Carville is on the relations between photography, ethnography and race in Ireland. Carville’s future research studies of vernacular photography and migration.


About the Publisher
An independent publisher of innovative non-fiction since 1985, Reaktion currently produces around 90 new titles each year, currently nearing 1000 titles in print. Our list ranges widely across art and visual culture, Asian culture, biography, food history, general history, music, natural history, philosophy, politics and popular science.