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Small Lives

Small Lives

Aoife O'Connor

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Small Lives offers an eclectic photographic portrait of Irish childhood between 1860 and 1970, all captured by the camera.

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Small Lives presents a photographic portrait of Irish childhood in the decades between 1860 and 1970. Drawn from the collections of the National Library of Ireland, and based on their extremely successful exhibition of the same name, Small Lives offers an eclectic survey of Irish childhood as captured by the camera.

Many of the images are previously unpublished and provide an added dimension to the written records, revealing how children were perceived and presented visually. In part it is also a history of the craft of photography; the ways in which children are portrayed change as much with the mechanics of cameras as they do with the mores of the society in which they live.

Formal studio portraits are set alongside family albums and photo-journalism, revealing a variety of experiences over the century and across the island. This glimpse into Irish childhood is joyful, nostalgic and, at times, affecting.

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Author Aoife O'Connor
Publisher Gill Books
Publication date 30 Oct 2012
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9780717154623

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