Minister Catherine Martin opens 'Living with Pride: Photographs by Christopher Robson'

Living with Pride: Photographs by Christopher Robson was launched by Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin on 9 June 2021. R

Running at the National Library's National Photographic Archive on Meeting House Square in Temple Bar, the exhibition documents LGBTI+ life and activism in Ireland during the nineties and noughties, and tells the story of Christopher Robson, who captured – through his personal photography – much of Ireland’s remarkable journey toward LGBTI+ equality.

The exhibition is co-curated with the NLI by Christopher Robson’s civil partner, Bill Foley. Christopher Robson was a central figure in Irish LGBTI+ activism, helping found the Dublin Lesbian and Gay Men’s Collectives, Gay Health Action – the first AIDS organisation in Ireland – and the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN). He played a key role in the decriminalisation of homosexuality, and was pivotal in the introduction of civil partnership and the enactment of State equality legislation. His photographic collection of around 2,000 slides, which capture the LGBTI+ experience at a time when prejudice, discrimination and inequality was commonplace, was donated to the Library in 2015 by Christopher’s civil partner, Bill Foley.

Photographs in Living with Pride include LGBTI+ protests in Dublin, Paris and New York; and seminal moments at home, including law reform in 1993; Dublin Pride marches over the years; and well-known figures, including The Diceman and Panti Bliss. The exhibition offers visitors a chance to learn more about a man who captured and contributed to Ireland’s remarkable trajectory for LGBTI+ equality from decriminalisation and a softening of public attitude to the decisive public vote in the marriage equality referendum in 2015.

A dedicated Living with Pride microsite, which includes access to the virtual exhibition; access to the full Christopher Robson Photographic Collection; and additional ‘online-only’ content, including contemporary responses to the photographic collection, is available here:

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