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The Collector's Eye: Vintage Prints from The Sean Sexton Collection

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The Collector's Eye: Vintage Prints from The Sean Sexton Collection

Time: October 14, 2010 to November 21, 2010
Location: Gallery of Photography Meeting House Square
Street: Temple Bar
City/Town: Dublin 2 Ireland
Website or Map: http://galleryofphotography.i…
Phone: +353 1 671 4654
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: Gallery of Photography
Latest Activity: Oct 6, 2010

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Event Description

As mentioned in an earlier blog:

This fascinating exhibition offers an intriguing glimpse into Sean Sexton’s photography collection – one of the finest and most extensive held in private hands today. It provides a rare opportunity to view some of the earliest photographic records ever made in Ireland as well as extremely rare early daguerreotypes and ambrotypes. In addition, it includes an eclectic range of work, from fanciful 1910’s early flight through to dramatic images taken by soldiers in WW2. With over 100 original vintage images on display, the exhibition charts one man’s passionate journey through photographic history.

One of the many highlights is a selection of original works by the English gardener and photographer Charles Jones (1866-1959). Jones’ photography was unknown until 1981 when Sean Sexton discovered a trunk containing several hundred turn-of-the century photographs at Bermondsey market. These simple studies of vegetables and flowers anticipate the modernism of photographers such as Edward Weston and Karl Blossfeldt. Now acknowledged as works of genius, Jones’ photographs have been shown in many prestigious exhibitions and are valued at thousands. This is the first time they have been exhibited in Ireland.

For Sexton the photograph does not merely illustrate written histories. “Photography has a voice in its own right”. This eclectic collection raises questions about how photographic histories are collected, mediated and understood. It includes rare original works from the post-Famine era. During this time, photography was primarily the preserve of the rich, but Sean Sexton has made it his mission to uncover the faces and places of the ordinary people. Images such as ‘Unknown Labourer’ (c1858) powerfully reveal the shocking poverty and social inequalities of the era, while at the same time they underscore the dignity of the individual.

The exhibition was curated for the Gallery of Photography by Trish Lambe & Tanya Kiang in collaboration with Sean Sexton.

Public Talk: Dr Justin Carville will talk about the Sean Sexton Collection on Wednesday, October 27th at 1.15pm. All welcome, admission is free.

Photo: Group of young men, Grafton Street Studio of James Robinson. Ambrotype Print c.185

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