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William McKinney: An early Ulster Photographer

William McKinney was born at Sentry Hill in 1832. Besides being a farmer, McKinney was a man of many interests with an absorbing love of the countryside. This intense interest in his own locality was carried into his hobby of photography which he took up in the 1880's. He photographed not only his family and friends but also everyday life on the farm.

Sarah Edge is Professor of Photography and Cultural Studies at the University of Ulster where she is a member of the Centre for Media Research.  A new photographic exhibition of work by Professor Edge is now open for viewing featuring images exploring the ties between Ulster and its Scots heritage, focusing on the works of McKinney. Her work involves revisiting the sites of historical photographs, re-photographing them and comparing these images against information drawn from the original photographs. It aims to create debate about how a personal and community identity can be shown through photography. She also draws upon documents held in the William McKinney archive held in Sentry Hill, County. Sentry Hill was the home of the McKinney family, who came to Ireland from Scotland in the early 1700s.

Details of the exhibition can be found here, and some background information in the pdf below:



Photo: Copyright Professor Sarah Edge

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