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PHOTOS… First Major 1916 Centenary Event In Britain

A 1920 photograph of Eamon de Valera. Photo - Malcolm McNally
A 1920 photograph of Eamon de Valera. Photo – Malcolm McNally

THE FIRST major 1916 centenary event in Britain has begun with the opening of ‘Easter Rising 1916’, a photographic exhibition drawn from London based Sean Sexton’s extensive photographic collection and curated by Luke Dodd.

Exhibition curator Luke Dodd with Irish Ambassador Dan Mulhall and his wife Greta. Photo Malcolm McNally
Exhibition curator Luke Dodd with Irish Ambassador Dan Mulhall and his wife Greta. Photo Malcolm McNally

The exhibition runs from 22 January – 3 April 2016 at the Photographers’ Gallery in London and investigates the significant role played by photography in informing the national consciousness that led to Irish independence, using the 1916 rebellion as a central focal point. It features approximately eighty rarely seen photographs including souvenir postcards, albums, stereoscopic views, press and military photographs.

London-based photograph collector Sean Sexton. Photo - Malcolm McNally
London-based photographic collector Sean Sexton. Photo – Malcolm McNally

The ‘Easter Rising 1916’ exhibition is part of an extensive programme of events in the Global and Diaspora strand of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising.DSC_3794-n

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Malcolm McNally is a photographer with The Irish Post. Follow him on Twitter @malcolmmcnally

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