Growing up in Dublin in the late 70’s-early 80’s, there were plenty of outdoor religious events such as the blessing of the animals, the cross being carried by locals in every suburban area, ‘manic street preachers’ on O’Connell Street, and so on. But it all gradually died out. Tony O’Shea captured it all beautifully in his book Dubliners, which was released around the same time I picked up the camera, though I only got the tail end of it. When I moved to Limerick City a decade ago and saw similar religious events still taking place, I was inspired to pick up the camera again after a twenty year absence. The Catholic church was, and is, ‘on the ropes’ and I believed it necessary to capture as much of it all as I could – maybe one day I would put together a book just on these religious events. For now, these represent a selection of images taken on the streets as a kind of rough guide to Limerick City.1
About the Artist
Wally Cassidy is a Dublin based street photographer, specialising in black and white imagery.
“I used to do a lot of street photography back in the 80’s and I would just go wherever the crowd’s where. The market, the GPO – there was always republican protests going on, Dessie Ellis that kind of thing. Tony O Shea, Elliot Erwitt sparked my interest of course but it was really Podge O’Farrell. He took a photo of me when I was hanging around Stephen’s Green with the punk rockers, he gave me a print and it went from there. I took shots of the punks and it was a way of getting into gigs free, Deco from Paranoid Visions would get me in with the camera. Myself, Podge and John Kelly would get the dole on Tuesday then hit the streets, taking pictures wherever the crowds were. I never thought they’d be looked at again never mind becoming so popular 20 years on.”1
About the Publisher
About the Series
TLP Editions are an ongoing collection of contemporary photographic projects in the form of accessible and inexpensive publications by PhotoIreland. These A5 sized booklets present a standard format throughout the series, with 36 pages each, a cover with a text block of under 140 words that introduces the project, and the title and the artist name only available on the contra cover. The project creates a node of opportunities as it allows photographers to enter the publishing arena, while facilitating access to contemporary artistic practices to the general public. 2
About the Publisher
Founded in 2009, PhotoIreland was conceived as an organisation that would stimulate a dialogue around Photography in Ireland by developing a varied array of initiatives and events with a strong participative approach.