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Irish Arts Center Presents
Traveller
Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A fascinating documentary film about Ireland's little known Traveller community.

Length: 0 hrs 50 mins
Intermission: None
Seating: General Admission
You choose your seats when you get to the theater.

In 1965, Alen MacWeeney came upon an encampment of itinerants or Travellers in a waste ground by the Cherry Orchard Fever Hospital in Dublin. MacWeeney was captivated by their independence, individuality, and endurance, despite the bleakness of their circumstances. Accepted by the Travellers, he began to take photographs. Over five years, he spent countless evenings in their caravans and by their campfires, drinking tea and listening to their tales, songs, and music – resulting in this beautiful collection of photographs.

The 1999 documentary film Traveller, co-directed by MacWeeney and inspired by the stories of the people in his original photographs, (broadcast on RTE in Ireland in 2002 and by the BBC in 2003) will be screened on Tuesday 26 February at 7:00pm.

Alen MacWeeney was born in Dublin in 1939 and came to the United States at age 21 to become assistant to renowned photographer Richard Avedon. He has contributed to the New Yorker, Life, Esquire, and the New York Times Magazine. His photographs are in over sixty public collections in the U.S. and Europe, including M.O.M.A., the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. He is the author of five books of photography. MacWeeney lives in New York City.

The photography exhibit run through Feb 29 and is open to the public Monday to Friday, 10:00am – 6:00pm. Admission is free.
 


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