By Lisa-Marie Griffith
This is a quick one for those of you who are in and about the capital over the next month or so: ‘If ever you go to Dublin town’ is the latest exhibition at the National Photographic Archive at Meeting House Square in Temple Bar. The exhibition is a collection of the Limerick born Elinor Wiltchire’s photographs of Dublin, Cork and Galway from 1951 to 1969. While the archive website is disapointing and does not give much details of their exhibtions you will have to take my word that this is one to visit. This is a winderful mixture of streetscape and portraits that show a city evolving. My personal favourites were a 1969 imager of a couple browsing through books at a shop in Merchant’s Arch, Temple Bar, complete with the long-since demolished Commercial Buildings in the background (I have always wondered what these building looked like) and the images of the Cork and Galway Traveller community. This is just a selection of Wiltshire’s photographs that the National Library of Ireland owns and the exhibition leaves you thirsty for more. Unfortunately when I was in yesterday they did not have the capitions up yet. As today is the official opening this should be rectified by now. Enjoy!