Irish Travellers by Alen MacWeeney was shown as part of the DEVELOP Photo line-up for the first edition of the On Photography Online Film Festival, 9/29/13. The Festival was part of the FOTOWEEK in Holland, an initiative of FOAM and the Netherlands Photo Museum, and was organized by Barbera Brakel of Photo Affairs. opfestival.nl/
They are a subject of Yeats’s poetry. They are said to have forged the nails for Christ’s crucifixion, and been cursed by God to wander the world until Judgment Day. Once called Tinkers and now known by their preferred designation of Travellers. Distrustful of “settled” people, endangered by restrictions on their movements, subject for centuries to rumor and legend, they have long defied understanding. They are the Travellers, Ireland’s indigenous nomads. Photographer Alen MacWeeney explores deeply these Celtic rovers whose way of life is now on the verge of extinction.
Alen MacWeeney eventually published a book of these photographs along with a CD of Traveller music titled "Irish Travellers: Tinkers No More". He also provided photographs of the Travellers for a book by Mervyn Ennis titled "Once Upon a Time in Tallaght", produced two CD collections and co-directed a feature length RTE/BBC4 documentary about the lives of his subjects 35 years later.
Alen MacWeeney’s photographs have appeared in magazines such as Esquire, GQ, the New York Times Magazine and the New Yorker. His books include Irish Walls, Bloomsbury Reflections, and The Home of the Surrealists.
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