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Melancholy Witness: Images of the Troubles

sean hillen

‘Melancholy Witness: Images of the Troubles’
Sean Hillen
The History Press Ltd.

120 pages
260 x 280 mm
ISBN 9781845887940


The photographs are like black and white time machines that bring back the desolation and danger of the Troubles. The images have a documentary accuracy, but it is the aura of melancholy witness that marks them as the work of Sean Hillen.” – Seamus Heaney “Striking, haunting sometimes bleakly beautiful: a record of historical importance but also much more.” Roy Foster, Carroll Professor of Irish History, Hertford College, Oxford. Melancholy Witness is the published collection of the images of Sean Hillen’s lauded exhibition of photography, documenting the years of The Troubles in Northern Ireland. Combining personality with documentary history, what emerges is a powerful and compelling story of unrest, beauty and change.


About the Artist
Seán Hillen is an artist whose work includes collages and the creative use of photographs.


About the Publisher
The History Press is the UK’s largest dedicated history publisher. They publish across a broad range of topics and periods, covering the exceptional people, places and events that have shaped our lives today.