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19th September, 2018
‘Beckett And The Wake’
A Talk by John Minihan
Irish photographer John Minihan photographed the great playwright, Samuel Beckett, many times in Paris and London, capturing moments that have become iconic images of twentieth-century culture. Minihan’s friendship with Beckett certainly produced some of the most memorable photographs ever taken of the writer. He is credited by Beckett’s friend and publisher, John Calder, with capturing ‘the introspective, infinitely sad gaze of a man looking into the abyss of the world’s woes.‘ This special illustrated talk (with slides) will feature a selection of Minihan’s beautiful images of Beckett. It will also feature images from Minihan’s acclaimed exhibition ‘The Wake of Katy Tyrell’ which he shot in 1977 while visiting his hometown Athy, County Kildare.
Minihan will reminisce spending time with a playwright who was often a reluctant subject and rarely posed.