The Light of Other Days

A selection from Jim Maginn’s photographic archive of traditional Irish musicians 1985-2012
  - continues until 26 January

Image: Frankie Gavin, London © Jim Maginn 1986

To celebrate Tradfest 2014, Gallery of Photography Ireland is proud to present a free exhibition of black and white photographic portraits by Jim Maginn. The exhibition captures musicians in song by hearths, or out in the landscapes that so clearly inform their music. It provides an intimate and invaluable record of those who have lived and breathed the complexities of the music of Ireland. Maginn’s focus is all about the person being photographed, capturing them laughing, singing, or playing their guitar, bagpipes, mandolin or violin, or in quiet moments when something of their inner, truest self is revealed to the camera.

As Maginn notes: “If my admiration and appreciation of these musicians – some of whom have suffered much hardship, all of whom have given great joy – are conveyed in these images, then I am more than content”.

Exhibition runs throughout Tradfest (January 22nd to January 26th). Admission is free.

With thanks to Red Barn Gallery, Belfast and Foras na Gaeilge.

The exhibition is accompanied by a special edition bi-lingual book, with an introduction by Ciaran Carson. Signed copies are available in the Gallery  Bookshop at €24.

Photograph of the book "The Light of Other Days" by Jim Maginn that accompanies the exhibition held at the Gallery of Photography Dublin in 2014.

Cover of the book “The Light of Other Days” by Jim Maginn that accompanies the exhibition held at the Gallery of Photography Dublin in 2014.