Francis Browne

By 1st March 2019 June 28th, 2019 Irish Photographers

Born 3 January 1880 (Cork)
Died 7 July 1960 (Dublin)

Francis Patrick Mary Hegarty Browne was an Irish Jesuit priest and photographer. As part of his secondary education, he completed the Grand Tour of Europe in 1897, equipped with his camera. As a passenger of the RMS Titanic, he documented the voyage and crew of the ship, which he is most famous for. Other works include the documentation of rural and urban life in both England and Ireland, as well as a series of photographs from World War I.

Bio & Career

Francis Brown attended Belvedere College Dublin, the Jesuit alma mater of James Joyce, before going as a boarder to Castleknock, the Vincentian college in Co. Dublin. His secondary education was completed with a Grand Tour of Europe in 1897, travelling through France, Italy, Switzerland and Germany, taking his first photographs during this time. 1 For some years he had little opportunity to photograph but somehow his enthusiasm and artistic ability were still evident at the time of the Titanic’s journey. In 1915 he was ordained to join the Irish Guards as chaplain. He was the most decorated chaplain of WW1. In following years up to the 1950’s he created almost 42,000 negatives in which he documented the life of the emerging Republic of Ireland and fascinating aspects of Australia, England and elsewhere.2 After his death, Francis Browne’s negatives were kept in the Jesuit archives.

Publications

Photography books with contribution by Francis Browne

  • 2016, E. E. O’Donnell Flying with Father Browne Dublin: Messenger Publications
  • 2016, E. E. O’Donnell Father Browne’s Titanic Album Dublin: Messenger Publications
  • 2015, E. E. O’Donnell Father Browne’s  Donegal Dublin: Messenger Publications
  • 2015, E. E. O’Donnell Father Browne’s Dublin: Photographs 1925-1950 Dublin: Messenger Publications
  • 2014, E. E. O’Donnell Father Browne’s First World War Dublin: Messenger Publications
  • 2014, E. E. O’Donnell, The Life and Lens of Father Browne, Dublin: Messenger Publications
  • 2014, David H. Davison, Edwin Davison, E.E. O’Donnell, Frank Browne: A Life Through the Lens, Yale University Press
  • 2005, E. E. O’Donnell Father Browne’s Trains and Railways Dublin: Merlin
  • 2002, E. E. O’Donnell Father Browne’s Ships and Shipping Dublin: Merlin
  • 1999, E. E. O’Donnell Father Browne’s Australia Dublin: Merlin
  • 1998, E. E. O’Donnell Images of Aran Dublin: Merlin
  • 1997, E. E. O’Donnell Father Browne’s Titanic Album Dublin: Merlin
  • 1997, E. E. O’Donnell Father Browne: Life in Pictures Dublin: Merlin
  • 1997, E. E. O’Donnell Father Browne’s England Dublin: Merlin
  • 1997, E. E. O’Donnell Father Browne’s Dublin Dublin: Merlin
  • 1997, E. E. O’Donnell Father Browne’s Cork Dublin: Merlin
  • 1996, E. E. O’Donnell Father Browne’s Australia Dublin: Merlin
  • 1995, E. E. O’Donnell Fathers and Sons Dublin: Merlin
  • 1991, E. E. O’Donnell The Genius of Father Browne Dublin: Merlin
  • 1990, E. E. O’Donnell Father Browne’s Ireland Dublin: Merlin
  • n.d., E. E. O’Donnell Postcards from the Titanic Dublin: Merlin

Works

External links & References

  1. O’Donnell, E. E. “Photographer Extraordinary: The Life and Work of Father Browne.” Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review 79, no. 315 (1990): 298-306.
  2. Introduction Father Browne http://www.fatherbrowne.com