This week The Guardian newspaper in Nenagh put out a stylish Autumn/Winter Fashion, Health & Beauty supplement. It's a glossy, well designed magazine with loads of great prizes to win.
I was lucky enough to be asked by The Guardian to interview Patricia Harty, Editor in Chief of Irish America magazine in New York for the supplement. She grew up just outside Nenagh and it was interesting to hear her perspective of life in America - as I now life in Ireland. Be sure to pick up The Guardian this week or stop in their offices in Summerhill, Nenagh to get your own copy of the supplement or by all means email me if you'd like me to pick you up a copy.
While interviewing Patricia, she send me some recent copies of her magazine. The current issue - October/November has an amazing feature on rare Irish photographs pulled together by Sean Sexton - The Photo Historian of Ireland. As an avid photographer myself and a huge fan of black and white photography, I wanted to show you these stunning images depicting an unusual and special glance at Irish life.
They are beautiful and haunting at the same time. In my interview I talked to Patricia about putting this story together and how she ever decided which images to use - "Every issue I try to do something different. Earlier this year I had put together a complete issue of the theme of the Famine......the current issue was a follow up to that issue. I was lucky enough to have the input of Sean Sexton who had the largest collection of Irish photographs going back to the 1800's and early 1900's and he agreed to let me publish some images from that collection. The selection process was difficult - I had to cull some 15 images from 125 or so that Sean sent me, but he assured me that I can run the others over the course of the upcoming months."
Sean Sexton has an exhibition on right now at the Gallery of Photography in Dublin - The Sean Sexton Collection runs until November 21. If you have any interest in photography and Irish history I'd highly recommend heading to see it. It's on my list!
For more on Irish America magazine - check out their website.
You can get a subscription here in Ireland and order back issues.