This unprecedented exhibition presents 46 photographs taken between 1898 and 1905 by one of Ireland’s most internationally celebrated playwrights. It was during his first visit to the Aran Islands, in 1898, that John Millington Synge bought a second-hand camera. Perceptive representations of people and aspects of daily life in Connemara, Wicklow and West Kerry, the photographs are undeniably of interest from a social documentary point of view and as visual evidence of the inspiration for J. M. Synge’s literary work. They also reveal Synge to have had a gift in the new artform of photography at a seminal moment in the development of Ireland’s national identity.
This exhibition is organised in collaboration with the Gallery Siamsa Tíre in Tralee.
The photographs are shown with the permission of the Board of Trinity College Dublin.