“The Island” – A Photograph by Barry Delaney

29th July 2022, 12am

Over the past seven weeks, in our ‘Artists Corner,’ ICC Digital  has brought you a series of stunning photographs from the the gallery of the gifted Dublin based Documentary Photographer Barry Delaney.  This week  we bring you the final Image in Barry’s gallery – and its another stunner!  In ‘The Island’ we see two young lads, a dog and two ponies, all going places, in different directions – there’s so much life and movement in this fast pacing photo and it’s as if they all suddenly stopped in their tracks, in the split of a second, when Barry so brilliantly captures the two lads and the dog looking straight into the lens of his camera – Only a truly great Photographer could get such a great shot and Barry is one of this kind!!

Barry says… “The Island is from a series I did on life in urban Limerick about 15 years ago, it led to a documentary on RTE about local boxer Willie Casey . This image is from the Island, where horses, along with sport, offer an escape from the grim realities of Working class life.

It’s been a real pleasure to have brought you the photographs of Barry Delaney – in his photo’s he really does pay homage and tribute to the working class people of Dublin and Ireland. Barry is currently working on his next book on life by the Forty Foot – “Forty Footers” – so make sure you watch out for it and order a copy .

About Barry Delaney: Barry Delaney is inspired by the colour, energy and DIY attitude of punk. He fled the grey Dublin of the early 1980s, to travel the world and fell in love with film photography. Eked a living doing various manual and technical jobs. Fifteen years later, Barry began taking pictures again. It started on the streets of Dublin, his home town, and moved on to other parts of Ireland and across the sea to his old stomping grounds in England and America. Barry has had 7 solo exhibitions in Dublin and many group shows, including the RHA and DLR Lexicon, Dun Laoghaire.  In 2019 he completed a retrospective of his inner city Dublin work in the historic GPO, Dublin, along with his debut Dublin book – Stars and Souls of the Liffey – Last year he released  his second book Americans Anonymous, with poems by John O’Donnell at the Gallery of Photography, Dublin.

Barry Delany’s Books:  For his debut book on Dublin’s Inner City, ‘Stars and Souls of the Liffey‘ Barry documented life around Dublin’s urban centre, as it went through many changes, from boom to bust and back to boom. When it was first published, it was accompanied by a  photographic exhibition held at The General Post Office in Dublin. The Book Is now a collectors Item and currently Sold Out.

Barry’s second book ‘Americans Anonymous’ is a pictorial road trip across the United States, a country that, in the wake of Donald Trump, has never been more divided. From East to West by way of the Deep South, in the tradition of Robert Frank and Dorothea Lange, the photographs of Barry Delaney, accompanied by the poems of John O’Donnell, record the lives of ordinary people at an extraordinary time. This Book can currently be purchased at Hi Tone Books– Here is the link to buy a copy :-https://hitonebooks.ie/americans-anonymous/

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To see all of Barry’s previous images go to ‘Artists Corner’ on ICC Digital.