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This photographic essay is a narrative of the rise and fall of the Celtic Tiger through photographs taken of Dublin through the years.
A Life Through the Lens produced by David and Edwin Davison and published by Yale University Press in 2014. With wit and a sharp eye, he observed twentieth-century Ireland; life as a Jesuit priest; his experience as a passenger on the first leg of the voyage of the Titanic in 1912; his service as a chaplain in the first World War; and his later travels throughout Europe, Egypt and Australia.
The Past has a Great Future, a collection of Mick Brown’s photographs from the mid-1960s to the late 1970s, is different. Equal in quality to the images are Brown’s stories about the places and characters he has photographed in Dublin’s inner city. It’s a very personal story, including anecodotes about learning to swim in the Iveagh baths on Ross Road; seeing a dead elephant at O’Keefe’s animal renderers on Newmarket Square; and fishing on the Grand Canal.