Shaped by History:Photographs of Limerick in the 1970's

National Photographic Archive, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar.

Exhibition dates: 1st of August 2014 - 5th of January 2015, Free entry.

Exhibition opening hours: Monday - Saturday, 10am until 5pm. Sunday, 12 noon - 5pm.

Launch event: Friday the 1st of August

Curated by Gerry Andrews

Shaped by History is the current exhibition of photographs in the National Library of Ireland's National Photographic Archive (NPA). The exhibition runs in the NPA from the 1st of August 2014 until the 5th of January 2015.

Shaped by History consists of 85 black and white photographs of Limerick Milk Market taken between 1971 and 1978 by the Limerick award winning social documentary photographer, Gerry Andrews. Limerick Milk Market was founded in 1852, as the west of Ireland was emerging from the famines of the 1840's. In the 1970's, Limerick Milk Market was at a crossroads in its long history, as the Shannon/Limerick region began transforming into a national and international model for development. Gerry Andrews photo's are portrait studies of the community of merchants, traders and characters of Limerick's historic quarter at this period of transformation. The portraits are stunning, evocative and challenging. A set of prints will be donated to the National Library of Ireland's photographic collection, home to the worlds largest collection of photographs relating to Ireland.

For more information on the National Library of Ireland's photographic collections and exhibitions click here . For more images from Gerry Andrews click here .

Shaped by History is presented in collaboration with Limerick City of Culture, the Hunt Museum, Limerick Milk Market and the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism.