Shaped by History

Shaped by History ran at the NPA from 1 August 2014 - 5 January 2015.

The exhibition consisted 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. It was presented in collaboration with Limerick City of Culture, the Hunt Museum, Limerick Milk Market and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Limerick Milk Market was founded in 1852, as the west of Ireland was emerging from the famines of the 1840s. In the 1970s, 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' images were stunning, evocative and challenging portrait studies of the community of merchants, traders and characters of Limerick's historic quarter at this period of transformation.