The National Museum of Ireland’s current exhibition Ireland in Focus: Photographing the 1950s includes over fifty images by Henri Cartier-Bresson who is regarded by many as the world’s greatest photographer. His landscapes, street scenes, portraits and public events are regarded as exceptional visual records of one of the most challenging decades in twentieth-century Ireland.
On assignment from Harper's Bazaar magazine, Cartier-Bresson arrived in Dublin in June 1952, returning for a holiday in October 1962. Travelling throughout the country during both visits, he took photographs in Dublin, Kildare, Westmeath, Galway, Kerry, Cork, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford. Curator Dr. Fidelma Mullane will discuss these rarely shown images and Cartier Bresson’s distinctive view of Ireland.