For those of you who weren’t able to make the gallery exhibition in June, a selection of the images I had taken of Dublin’s pawnbrokers are now available as part of an article which I have written for TheJournal.ie – ‘In pics: Hidden Ireland – Dublin’s pawnbrokers’ is available to read here.
An exhibition of documentary photography. A new Ireland. A new view.
My first piece of documentary photography will be exhibited this Thursday at the Little Green Street Gallery in Dublin 7 between 6pm and 8pm.
For further details of my document, please see below. I hope to see you there.
Title of work
The great Irish sell-off of the 21st century is underway. It’s not NAMA or our semi-states, our oil or our gas. Instead it’s something much more personal – our jewellery.
For ready cash, they take the risk. Family heirlooms are handed in with hopes of buying them back. They hope to never take that risk again. They hope recession won’t force them to.
The disappearance down the stairs, the hands, the players and, above all, the transactions. These are all the things I wanted to capture in my role as silent spectator.
The pawnbrokers that gave me access and the ones that didn’t. The customers that talked and the ones that wouldn’t. Regardless of the level of access afforded, I documented their existence, because they continue to exist.