Tony O’Shea: Dubliners

  October –
November 1990

Cover of the photographs taken by Tony O’Shea in the book Dubliners, written by Colm Tóibín. The exhibition was held in The Gallery of Photography, 37-39 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2. October 11th – November 5th, 1990.

The launch exhibition of the book Dubliners, which features photographs by Tony O’Shea and is written by Colm Tóibín,was held at The Gallery of Photography, 37/39 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2.

The exhibition presents an honest chronicle of a city and its’ people – a city which, outside of the santitized tourist spots, wears its’ warts openly, if not proudly.

Article on Tony O'Shea's exhibition 'Dubliners' at the Gallery of Photography 1990

Article on Tony O’Shea’s exhibition ‘Dubliners’ at the Gallery of Photography 1990

”Dubliners takes the pulse of Dublin city and offers new perspectives on a city which combines a vibrant sense of itself with an urge for self destruction. It is not a book about those in charge, it takes no official line. `It’s subject is the people of Dublin as they look at the camera or appear in profile, with a strange dignity and a proud bearing which only Tony O’Shea, in his unique style, could have captured so well.” – Excerpt from the book itself.

 

Article on Tony O'Shea's exhibition 'Dubliners' at the Gallery of Photography 1990

Article on Tony O’Shea’s exhibition ‘Dubliners’ at the Gallery of Photography 1990

Article on Tony O'Shea's exhibition 'Dubliners' at the Gallery of Photography 1990

Article on Tony O’Shea’s exhibition ‘Dubliners’ at the Gallery of Photography 1990

O’Shea is one of the most highly respected photographers working in Ireland for many years. His photographs have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including The Sunday Times and (London) Independent Magazines, The Guardian, Creative Camera, In Dublin and Liberation. He is now a regular contributor to the Sunday Business Post. He has exhibited widely in Ireland, France and the United States. His book Dubliners has been much acclaimed.

Colm Tóibín is one of Ireland’s leading journalists and authors. He has been editor of Irish magazines In Dublin and Magill, and also of the Sunday Independent. His published books include The South, Homage to Barcelona and the award winning Brooklyn.

Article on Tony O'Shea's exhibition 'Dubliners' at the Gallery of Photography 1990

Article on Tony O’Shea’s exhibition ‘Dubliners’ at the Gallery of Photography 1990

Image from Tony O'Shea's exhibition 'Dubliners' at the Gallery of Photography 1990

Image from Tony O’Shea’s exhibition ‘Dubliners’ at the Gallery of Photography 1990