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Belfast Exposed marks 35 years with new exhibition

Noel Fitzpatrick, from Clonard, in 1988. The photograph is by Sean McKernan, Belfast Exposed founder, and is included in Belfast Exposed's 35th year exhibition

A NEW photographic exhibition has opened offering an insight into political, cultural and social change in Belfast and beyond since 1983.

Belfast Exposed Photography is showing an array of powerful and invaluable historical images by the many individual photographers and communities who have engaged with the project since it launched.

Founded by a group of local photographers as a challenge to media representation of the city's experience of conflict, its work continues to reflect a socially engaged ethos, while responding to contemporary currents in photography and politics further afield.

The original Belfast Exposed exhibition comprised of more than 600 photographs and slides, articulating the life of the city from predominantly working class perspectives. It opening at the People’s Theatre, Conway Mill, Falls Road.

 

Seamus Heaney described Belfast Exposed as "a marvellous moment" and remarked on the "powerful, democratic feel running through these photographs" which documented a common experience of unemployment, poor housing and economic deprivation, at once intensified by the effects of conflict and sectarian division and alleviated by the gritty humour and reality of working class Belfast life.

The retrospective 35th anniversary exhibition is being held at the Artcetera Gallery in Belfast until October 24.

Belfast Exposed 35th year exhibition

Belfast Exposed 35th year exhibition

Belfast Exposed 35th year exhibition

Belfast Exposed 35th year exhibition

Belfast Exposed 35th year exhibition

Belfast Exposed 35th year exhibition 

Images from the Troubles show a burned out double decker bus in Belfast. The picture is by Danny Burke and forms part of the Belfast Exposed 35th year exhibition.

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