Major Photographic Exhibition 'Picturing Derry' To Launch at City Factory

Major Photographic Exhibition 'Picturing Derry' To Launch at City Factory

The first major photographic exhibition of Derry~Londonderry’s UK City of Culture year is opening at the iconic City Factory Gallery on Friday May 31.

Picturing Derry, which is a partnership project between the Nerve Centre and Culture Company's BT Portrait of a City project, brings together for the first time, some of the most iconic images of the Troubles in the city in one exhibition.

Legendary French photojournalist Gilles Caron’s previously unseen major body of work during the Battle of the Bogside in August 1969 forms a major part of the exhibition. It also includes the work of other visiting photographers from around the world as well as images by local news photographers and amateur photographers.

The exhibition consists of four main constituent parts:

·  The work of the photographers of the city including Willie Carson, Larry Doherty, Eamon Melaugh and Barney McMonagle, brings their unique local knowledge to cast a light on some previously unseen elements of life in the city.

· Photojournalists from around the world covered the conflict and the work of Gilles Caron and Clive Limpkin became iconic images, known around the world. Documentary photographers such as Homer Sykes from the UK and Brian J Gill from the USA fitted Derry’s conflict into their studies of working class lives and youth gangs.

·Camerawork Darkrooms, a photography training collective established in the Bogside at the height of the Troubles with international curator Trisha Ziff, used photography as a means to express community identity. Over the same period, the official British Army photographer captured surveillance images of the community as conflict zone. One gallery room tells the stories of these opposing perspectives.

· Artists from the city and further afield, including Willie Doherty, Sean Hillen and Victor Sloan made the conflict in Derry their subject, establishing international reputations and bringing unique insight into the image of the city in conflict.

These photographs have been brought together to form a substantial exhibition of a period of almost 30 years, covering many different aspects of life in the city from 1969 up to the late 1980s.

The exhibition, which is supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union, is curated by Declan Sheehan.

'Bringing together the work of these local and international photographers, artists and communities in one exhibition for the first time gives a fascinating insight into the events that made headlines around the world at that time, but also the daily life that was going on for the people here,' he said.

'The photographs of Gilles Caron, in particular, many of which have never been publicly seen, present a unique take on what was happening in the Bogside in that tumultuous time.'

Pearse Moore, chief executive of the Nerve Centre, said: 'This is one of the most anticipated photographic exhibitions ever to have been held in this city. The Nerve Centre is delighted to be leading Picturing Derry as part of a wider European project. A selection from the exhibition will be travelling later in the year to Berlin and Dubrovnik, challenging stereotypes and telling some of the city's story to an international audience.'

A selection from the Picturing Derry exhibition will also tour to the Grand Hall, Stormont from 12 August - 20 September 2013.

The City Factory Gallery is housed in the last major shirt factory to close in Derry~Londonderry and has been renovated to host a number of City of Culture events during 2013.

The exhibition will run from 31 May until 7 July 2013. City Factory Gallery, in Patrick Street, opens: Tues - Sat, 11am - 6pm; Sun, 1-5 pm. Late opening to 8pm on 27 June. Further information from


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