'Shaped by History' in NPA

On 7 August 2014, the National Library of Ireland (NLI)’s National Photographic Archive officially launched ‘Shaped by History’, an exhibition of images taken at Limerick’s Milk Market in the 1970s by award winning social documentary photographer, Gerry Andrews.  

The exhibition consists of 95 black and white portrait photographs, some of which measure seven feet high, of the community of merchants, traders, children and characters of Limerick’s historic quarter, taken between 1971 and 1978. The Milk Market, located in Limerick’s Irishtown area, was founded in 1852, as the west of Ireland was emerging from the famine of the 1840s. 

‘Shaped by History’ is presented in collaboration with Limerick City of Culture, Limerick Milk Market, Limerick’s Hunt Museum, and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The exhibition, launched today in the National Photographic Archive in Dublin’s Temple Bar by Bill Whelan, is the only Limerick of City of Culture event taking place outside the city of Limerick. 

A set of the prints will also be donated to the National Library of Ireland's photographic collection, home to the world's largest collection of photographs relating to Ireland.

Exhibition runs until 5 January 2015. Admission free.

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