Beyond Leaving

Beyond Leaving at the National Photographic Archive was the more recent expression of a long-term project started by photographer David Monahan in 2010, when he documented the departures of over 120 people as they left Ireland in the aftermath of the global financial crash. This work culminated in his award-winning book, On Leaving.

Some years later, Monahan took a closer look at a small group of these people and worked in collaboration with them through photography, Skype interview and video. The resulting show, Beyond Leaving, tried to fathom the distance between expectation and reality for the Irish emigrant in 2016/17.